Battleship Missouri Memorial

Battleship Missouri Memorial Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 9-million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri’s unique place in history.
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The Battleship Missouri has served her nation with honor and distinction through World War II, the Korean War, Operation Desert Storm, with the service and devotion of her crews spanning three generations. Today she stands proudly as an international icon of strength for freedom and the site and symbol of the formal ending of World War II. We offer school groups the opportunity to learn more about the USS Missouri’s role in three wars and as a living, historic memorial. We are proud to serve more than 17,000 students from around Hawaii in Battleship Missouri Memorial Education programs every year.

Mission: The USS Missouri Memorial Association is dedicated to preserving the Battleship Missouri and sharing her story and place in history.

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The Missouri as she is today, a monument to the US Pacific fleet, a place that marks the end of World War II within a st...
09/04/2020

The Missouri as she is today, a monument to the US Pacific fleet, a place that marks the end of World War II within a stone's throw of the place that marks the beginning of World War II. A place of sorrow and reverence flanked by a place of triumph and pride. Yesterday was a glorious day as she hosted the 75th Commemoration of the End of WWII from her fantail. Thank you to all that joined us as we Saluted their Service and Honored their Hope.

#WWII #USSMissouri #BattleshipMissouri #MightyMo #PearlHarbor #USNavy

LIVE from the Battleship Missouri Memorial....The day to honor members of the Greatest Generation gets underway. #wwii20...
09/02/2020

LIVE from the Battleship Missouri Memorial....The day to honor members of the Greatest Generation gets underway. #wwii2020

Live from the Battleship Missouri Memorial....The day to honor members of the Greatest Generation gets underway. #wwii2020

Tomorrow at 8:30 am (HST) make sure to TUNE IN LIVE to our page or the link below and help honor our Greatest G...
09/02/2020

Tomorrow at 8:30 am (HST) make sure to TUNE IN LIVE to our page or the link below and help honor our Greatest Generation - commemorating 75 years since the end of WWII.

Salute their Service, Honor their Hope.
https://ussmissouri.org/salute75/commemoration-events

09/02/2020
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USS Missouri Memorial Association is a 501(C)(3) non profit organization and receives no government support.Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pearl Harbor

ATTENTION OAHU RESIDENTS! The 75th WWII Commemoration Fireworks Display will happen tonight on Piers Sierra 8 at 8PM.The...
09/01/2020

ATTENTION OAHU RESIDENTS! The 75th WWII Commemoration Fireworks Display will happen tonight on Piers Sierra 8 at 8PM.

The fireworks are donated by the City of Nagaoka.

Read more here: https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/09/01/firework-shells-illuminate-evening-sky-above-pearl-harbor-tuesday-night/

75th WWII Commemoration Fireworks Display on Piers Sierra 8 & 9 – Sept. 1

JBPHH will be performing a fireworks display in support of 75th WWII Commemoration at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The display will be completed at 8:30 p.m.

09/01/2020
U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy

As we approach tomorrow's 75th anniversary of World War II's end, hear Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz's Sept. 2, 1945, message to Pacific Fleet, praising the fighting forces and sharing thoughts on what's necessary to sustain a free and open Indo-Pacific. #WWII75

The Legacy of Peace Aerial Parade, happening tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept 2 will take off from Wheeler Air Force Base and f...
09/01/2020

The Legacy of Peace Aerial Parade, happening tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept 2 will take off from Wheeler Air Force Base and fly over the Battleship Missouri Memorial as part of the 75th WWII Commemoration Ceremony.

The official 75th Commemoration of the End of WWII will beheld on the fantail of the USS Missouri. This event is invitation-only and will be live-streamed throughout Hawaii and around the globe.

Learn where to watch it live: https://www.75thwwiicommemoration.org/live

#USSMissouri #MightyMo #BattleshipMissouri #PearlHarbor #Oahu #Hawaii #75thWWII #Veterans #WeRemember

Stunning shots by Dwight Okumoto from this weekend's Legacy of Peace Arial Parade. Salute their Service, Honor their Hop...
09/01/2020

Stunning shots by Dwight Okumoto from this weekend's Legacy of Peace Arial Parade. Salute their Service, Honor their Hope. #ussmissouri #mightymo #battleshipmissouri #75thEndofWWII

“Out of the blood and carnage of the past, a better world must emerge, founded upon faith and understanding among people...
09/01/2020

“Out of the blood and carnage of the past, a better world must emerge, founded upon faith and understanding among peoples of every race and creed, and dedicated to the fulfillment of man’s most cherished wish for tolerance and justice. Today freedom is on the offensive, democracy is on the march.” — General Douglas MacArthur from the Surrender ceremony on USS Missouri, September 2, 1945.

08/28/2020

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is temporarily closed until further notice.

She looks like a wonder from all angles and sides 🔥💯 Mahalo for capturing @froggyshootsraw 🤙🏽#battleshipmissouri #ussmis...
08/26/2020

She looks like a wonder from all angles and sides 🔥💯 Mahalo for capturing @froggyshootsraw 🤙🏽#battleshipmissouri #ussmissouri #mightymo #pearlharbor #military #museumship

“WWII officially ended in Europe on May 8th, 1945. The war inthe Pacific continued until September 2nd, 1945. Once allho...
08/24/2020

“WWII officially ended in Europe on May 8th, 1945. The war in
the Pacific continued until September 2nd, 1945. Once all
hostilities had ceased a commitment to peace and global
friendship began in the United States that was strongly
supported by what Tom Brokaw called the ‘Greatest
Generation’. Their efforts combined with a dedicated sense
of personal responsibility have endured and flourished for
the last 75 years.” - David McCallum

Starting Monday with very POSITIVE VIBES! Here we have Dennis, one of our awesome security guards that keeps our pier  a...
08/24/2020

Starting Monday with very POSITIVE VIBES! Here we have Dennis, one of our awesome security guards that keeps our pier and ship safe! #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri #mightymo #mightystaff

Did You Mo... about our horsepower? Four huge steam turbines with a total of more than 200,000 horsepower drive battlesh...
08/21/2020

Did You Mo... about our horsepower?

Four huge steam turbines with a total of more than 200,000 horsepower drive battleship MIssouri’s four screws (that’s Navy for propeller). These turbines are located in 4 different engine rooms and each turbine turns one shaft. An individual turbine on USS Missouri is able to generate more than twice the total horsepower of the engines on Battleship Texas (BB 35)! Any shaft alone could drive USS Missouri at over 10 knots.

The No. 3 and 4 screws on the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63) are serviced while the ship undergoes reactivation and modernization at Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Photo taken by Em2 Kenneth D. Mehl. Photo courtesy of the National Archives (No. 6403973).

#ussmissouri #mightymo #battleshipmissouri #TGIF #fridaypower #MoPower

Did You Mo? In the 1940s, Battleship Missouri used catapults to launch her planes. In the 1940s, USS Missouri was outfit...
08/19/2020

Did You Mo? In the 1940s, Battleship Missouri used catapults to launch her planes.

In the 1940s, USS Missouri was outfitted with two catapults and a crane. Both were designed for planes: the catapult to launch seaplanes at high-speed off of the ship and the crane to retrieve returning planes from the water. USS Missouri first carried Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplanes that were used for scouting and observation. The Kingfisher would later be replaced by the Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk--also a scouting seaplane that required catapulting & craning--towards the end of WWII. Aircraft of this kind would eventually be replaced by helicopters in the 1950s. When the seaplanes were replaced, the crane and catapults were removed from the battleship.

A Naval Aircraft Factory OS2N-1 Kingfisher floatplane is lowered onto its catapult cradle after a flight during the ship's shakedown cruise in August 1944. You can see the MK.51 director and its associated 40mm quad gun mount at left. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives (80-G-K-4562).

Did You Mo? In the Korean War, USS Missouri fired 6,756 rounds from her 16-Inch/50 cal. guns. Crewmen load 16-inch proje...
08/18/2020

Did You Mo? In the Korean War, USS Missouri fired 6,756 rounds from her 16-Inch/50 cal. guns. Crewmen load 16-inch projectiles aboard Missouri in preparation for further Korean War bombardment operations. Photographed at a base in Japan, circa February 1951. Photo is dated 14 February 1951, when Battleship Missouri was at Inchon, Korea. Note the shell cart, used to move the projectiles on the battleship's upper deck. #mightymo #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri

Photo courtesy of U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (NH 96784).

Staff Alert! Today we introduce, Robert. Robert joined us last year and have brightened up our pier with his daily posit...
08/17/2020

Staff Alert! Today we introduce, Robert. Robert joined us last year and have brightened up our pier with his daily positivity since! Thank you Robert for always putting on a smile for us and our guests! #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri #mightymo #mightystaff

In less than a month, we will acknowledge and honor the 75th Commemoration of the End of World War II. It is our goal to...
08/17/2020
Gearing up for the 75th Commemoration of the End of WWII

In less than a month, we will acknowledge and honor the 75th Commemoration of the End of World War II. It is our goal to thank and honor veterans of our world's most deadliest battles, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans. [ 166 more words ]
https://mightymodeckblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/17/gearing-up-for-the-75th-commemoration-of-the-end-of-wwii/

In less than a month, we will acknowledge and honor the 75th Commemoration of the End of World War II. It is our goal to thank and honor veterans of our world’s most deadliest battles, includ…

Warbirds arrived in Pearl Harbor!!!Video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Rodriguez.
08/13/2020
Warbirds arrive in Pearl Harbor

Warbirds arrived in Pearl Harbor!!!

Video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Rodriguez.

PEARL HARBOR (August 10, 2020) The USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts a lift of opportunity of vintage military aircraft. “Salute Their Service, Honor Their Hope” is the theme of the commemoration in Hawaii in recognition of the WWII veterans and civilians who contributed to the end of the war. The 75th...

The only place in the world where you can see the beginning and end of war with the turn of a head. #ussmissouri #mighty...
08/11/2020

The only place in the world where you can see the beginning and end of war with the turn of a head. #ussmissouri #mightymo #battleshipmissouri #pearlharbor #military #freedom

The Battleship Missouri Memorial has partnered with NHK WORLD-JAPAN, the English-language international service of Japan...
08/05/2020
Houses for Peace: Exploring the Legacy of Floyd Schmoe - NHK WORLD PRIME | NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand

The Battleship Missouri Memorial has partnered with NHK WORLD-JAPAN, the English-language international service of Japan’s public media organization, NHK, to feature a special virtual screening and Q&A for the documentary “Houses for Peace: Exploring the Legacy of Floyd Schmoe.” This special screening is in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. This event is presented by the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles, and in cooperation with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

Houses for Peace (2018) tells the story of Floyd Schmoe, an American who traveled to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima more than 70 years ago on a mission of peace. Leading a diverse group of volunteers from the U.S. and Japan, he built houses for survivors of the atomic bomb and their families. It was a finalist for the 2019 Asian Academy Creative Awards (Documentary Category).

The documentary will be available for one year on
NHK WORLD-JAPAN’s video on demand service: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/3016023/

A Q&A session featuring Mike Carr, president and CEO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association is scheduled to be live streamed on August 5, 2020 at 4:00 p.m (HST). The session will also feature 75-year-old atomic bomb survivor Koko Kondo who spent time with Schmoe as a young girl, and the documentary’s director, Kumiko Ogoshi Takai. Together they’ll discuss what viewers today can learn from the story of Schmoe, a lifelong grassroots peacebuilder.

The Q&A is free and open to the public. However, advance registration is required. Click here to RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7015952795487/WN_rEue9E4XQrO-AsAG4KScyw

You will be emailed links and instructions to join the event via Zoom.

To further commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and strengthening the partnership between Hawaii and Japan, the Battleship Missouri Memorial will be opening a temporary traveling exhibit featuring artifacts from the Hiroshima Peace Museum. The exhibit will follow the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings and provide guests of the Mighty Mo an opportunity to view one-of-a-kind artifacts, including brick fragment, melted crucifix, exposed roof tile, clothing articles from students and more.

Nearly 70 years ago, an American named Floyd Schmoe arrived in the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima on a mission of peace. Over 5 years, Schmoe, a Quaker and lifelong pacifist, led a diverse group of volunteers from the US and Japan in a project to build houses. In all, "Houses for Hiroshima" created...

We continue to remain open Wednesday-Sunday, 8:00am-4:00pm (HST). We are grateful for individuals and families who have ...
08/04/2020

We continue to remain open Wednesday-Sunday, 8:00am-4:00pm (HST). We are grateful for individuals and families who have visited us during these difficult times. The ship is in good care by the association and the association relies on our guests to keep the ship afloat. Thank you @therunawayfamily for the wonderful post and message! #ussmissouri #mightymo #battleshipmissouri #pearlharbor

Our staff spotlight today is Hideko. Those that purchased our VIP tickets to our 5th annual 4th of July Picnic on the Pi...
08/04/2020

Our staff spotlight today is Hideko. Those that purchased our VIP tickets to our 5th annual 4th of July Picnic on the Pier last year got a fabulous Tahitian dance performance from her. You're a star Hideko! #ussmissouri #mightymo #battleshipmissouri

Shoutout to @bsmseacadets for always supporting us and being our biggest fans! A big Bravo Zulu to the future leaders of...
08/04/2020

Shoutout to @bsmseacadets for always supporting us and being our biggest fans! A big Bravo Zulu to the future leaders of the Navy! #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri #mightymo #seacadets #leadership #leaders #USNSCC #futurenavy

Repost: #SiteVisit- MASON team toured the nearly completed renovation of facility 468, Battleship Missouri Education Res...
07/31/2020

Repost: #SiteVisit- MASON team toured the nearly completed renovation of facility 468, Battleship Missouri Education Resource center (ERC), and entrance upgrades to the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

The project includes the renovation of a 5,500 square foot ERC that will house artifacts, such as historical photos and letters, in a climate-controlled environment to enhance vision experience.

“This project is the first step the Association is taking to turn the USS Missouri into the finest historic ship destination in the world,” said Michael Carr, president and CEO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association.

August 4 is the U.S. Coast Guard's 230th Birthday! To celebrate early, Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pearl Harbor Aviati...
07/29/2020

August 4 is the U.S. Coast Guard's 230th Birthday!

To celebrate early, Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and​ the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park be offering FREE admission all weekend for active duty, retirees / veterans and dependents of the U.S. Coast Guard

#ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri #pearlharbor #pearlharboraviationmuseum #ussbowfinsubmarine #uscoastguard #birthday #free

Construction began on USS Arizona (BB 39) in March 1914 and took a little over two years to complete. She was the second...
07/28/2020
New USS Arizona Exhibit in the Wardroom

Construction began on USS Arizona (BB 39) in March 1914 and took a little over two years to complete. She was the second, and final, Pennsylvania-class battleship. During WWI, the ship served primarily as a gunnery training ship, rarely venturing out into the Atlantic for fear of U-Boat attack. In 1929, Arizona was modernized, a process that saw much of the ship from the masts to the machinery - replaced or modified in some way. [ 339 more words ]
https://mightymodeckblog.wordpress.com/2020/07/28/new-uss-arizona-exhibit-in-the-wardroom/

Construction began on USS Arizona (BB 39) in March 1914 and took a little over two years to complete. She was the second, and final, Pennsylvania-class battleship. During WWI, the ship served prima…

75th anniversary of the End of WWII is still scheduled to take place. Salute their service, Honor their hope. #veterans ...
07/28/2020

75th anniversary of the End of WWII is still scheduled to take place. Salute their service, Honor their hope. #veterans #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri #mightymo

Our beloved Encampment Coordinator, Matt, posted this and we agree 💯% “What’s better than a single rainbow? A double rai...
07/27/2020

Our beloved Encampment Coordinator, Matt, posted this and we agree 💯% “What’s better than a single rainbow? A double rainbow🌈🌈” Thanks for capturing @mattlinc ! #ussmissouri #mightymo #battleshipmissouri #pearlharbor #rainbow @ Battleship Missouri Memorial

Meet Fran! She helps not only with our Education department but also our Donations department! Thank you Fran for your m...
07/27/2020

Meet Fran! She helps not only with our Education department but also our Donations department! Thank you Fran for your many years of support! #ussmissouri #mightymo #battleshipmissouri

Due to unsafe weather conditions to be caused by Hurricane Douglas, the Battleship Missouri Memorial Association will be...
07/24/2020

Due to unsafe weather conditions to be caused by Hurricane Douglas, the Battleship Missouri Memorial Association will be closed Sunday, July 26, 2020. The Battleship Missouri Memorial plans to reopen on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 and resume normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. #hurricanedouglas #hawaii #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri #mightymo #safetyfirst #hurricanedouglas

07/23/2020

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Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 9-million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri’s unique place in history. Located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and ends with Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Association operates the Battleship Missouri Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants, and donations.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission, which includes choice of an optional tour, is $29.99 per adult and $13.99 per child (4-12). Military, kama‘aina (local resident) and school group pricing is available. For information or reservations, call 808-455-1600 or visit ussmissouri.org

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Taken July 2010
Here's the question could the Mighty Mo ever be started up and ran again like in the movie Battleship put those guns ever be fired again
Visited the Missouri several years ago. Are there any pictures of Tokyo Bay showing the relative position of the Missouri vs the West Virginia during the surrender ceremony?
This is a WW2 Veteran which was stationed on the Missouri he is an awesome man please send lots of cards lets show him how amazing he is!! Thank You And GOD Bless Johnnie Barr P.O. BOX 361 Verona VA 24482
Departing Bremerton for Hawaii
Yes. Yes I do want a Mighty Mo Kayak.
Today, I remember 2 of USS Missouri BB63 M-Division's Bruce Williamson and Patrick Allen. Godspeed shipmates.🇺🇸🇺🇸
Verona man witnessed the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, end of WWII VERONA — Time obscures memories once vivid. As details fade, what remains are the bare images that nevertheless continue to narrate one’s most powerful experiences. Former U.S. Marine Johnnie Barr, 99, of Verona, witnessed the signing of the treaty with Japan which ended World War II, the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and much more during his three years aboard the USS Missouri. Like the photographs recorded in his USS Missouri history book, pieced together in scrapbooks and hanging on his living room wall, Barr’s memories revive as snapshots of experiences that happened so long ago in WWII. When his memory failed him, Barr pointed to a picture and his story came alive once more: the Missouri squeezing through the Panama Canal with only inches to spare; waking a sleeping admiral for a false alarm; a kamikaze crashing into the ship; 1,800 planes flying overhead signifying the war’s end. After graduating high school and working in a restaurant in his hometown of Bridgewater, Barr decided to join the marines. Enlisting on Aug. 29, 1942, Barr then trained at Parris Island in South Carolina before he was sent to Washington, D.C. on guard duty. Big guns In D.C. he received his assignment aboard the state-of-the-art USS Missouri. In fact, the Missouri, or “Mighty Mo,” was still under construction at the time. Barr waited in New York until Mighty Mo was ready for him as well as the 3,200 sailors and 100 Marines assigned to the ship. Despite the novelty of the Iowa-class “fast battleship” design, Barr said “it wasn’t too much excitement” boarding it. After embarking on the Missouri, Barr said he did not set foot on dry land for three years until the war’s end. While aboard, Barr served in a variety of roles. “I was a gunner on the 20mm,” Barr said. “We did guard duty, took care of the captains, and all of that.” Although he said some of his memories are blurry after 75 years, Barr recalled rushing into his battle station and strapping into his gun every time quarters sounded that an enemy was near. “You just done your duty, that’s all,” Barr said. “When we fought, you got strapped in your gunner. A man would change the barrel every so often because it got so hot.” Barr laughed as he recalled that the 16 inch guns shot 25 miles, the 4 mm. shot 9 miles, and, the guns he was shooting — the 20mm — “we just get 'em when they come in close,” he said. Whale of a tail In addition to Japan’s surrender, three memories remain distinct in Barr’s mind: the passage through the Panama Canal, a whale alarm and the ‘burial’ of a Japanese pilot. In July of 1945, the Missouri entered Panama for supplies. Mighty Mo was so massive in size that its beam scraped the sides of the Panama Canal during their passage through, according to Barr. “We had only three inches on each side,” Barr said. “All in all, it took us about six hours to go through the Panama Canal.” However, the ship’s wide girth was not the only near close call on the canal. “We were loading up and getting supplies and it was around 6 o’clock in the evening,” Barr said. “The next thing I know, the loud speaker says: ‘Johnnie Barr come to the captain’s office.’ I thought: ‘Oh, what have I done now?’” But, Barr could breath easy for the captain was his brother-in-law. “There was Capt. Bob Jameson, who was my sister’s husband,” Barr said. “He was fighting in the Philippines and he came out to see me.” Another of Barr’s memories was an encounter with one of his superiors that proved to be a bit more embarrassing. In the dark of night, around 2 a.m., young Barr was alerted that submarines were nearing the ship, an event he was required to report to Adm. William F. Halsey. “I was standing guard duty and they came up from down below and said: ‘Radar has picked up submarines!’ So, I had to go in and tell [Halsey],” Barr said. “And you don’t touch him. All you are allowed to do is shake the covers. So I shook the covers and he eventually woke up.” When Barr reported the submarines, Halsey said: “There ain’t no submarines out there.” Halsey was right. Shortly thereafter, the blips found on the radar were discovered to be a group of whales. A sheepish Barr then had to enter the admiral’s quarters yet again. “About five minutes later, I had to come back in and tell him: ‘The radar went off because a bunch of whales went through,’” said Barr with a grin. Rising Sun sets After these lighthearted recollections, Barr returned to a story of a Japanese kamikaze pilot who crashed into the bridge tower on the Missouri. He pointed to a picture of part of the plane’s frame clinging to the ship and said that, along with some of the plane, half of the pilot’s own body landed on the deck. The men decided the pilot needed a proper burial in the deep sea. “The chaplain sat up all night to make a Japanese flag to put him overboard,” Barr said. “Then, we wrapped him in it and pushed him overboard off the fantail.” Barr took a piece of the pilot’s plane and formed it into a bracelet for his wife, inscribing her name upon the metal. The bracelet remains in the family to this day. But, the most poignant memory of all for Barr was, of course, the war’s end. “At that time, the announcer said: ‘The war is now over,’ we heard a big noise, and 1,800 planes flew over,” said Barr. Barr pauses for a moment to point to a picture hanging opposite him in his living room. The black and white image captures the 1,800 planes that appear as a flock of birds soaring above the Missouri. At first, when the planes flew over, Barr and his fellow soldiers were confused. “We didn’t know nothing about it,” said Barr with a laugh. “We didn’t know whether the war was over or not. But they soon told us.” Standing on the deck of Mighty Mo, Barr then witnessed Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz signing the surrender document for the Japanese Empire, officially recognizing the end of World War II on Sept. 2, 1945. The aftermath The Missouri remained four more days in the waters outside of Tokyo to ensure that the war had really ended. Then, Barr was homeward bound. “That was Sept. 2 and we stayed in Tokyo Bay until Sept. 6 — my birthday,” said Barr. “And, that’s when we came out and started home.” It was Barr’s wife Neva’s birthday, Oct. 26, 1945, when he finally arrived home. Barr pulled a card from his wallet and held it out proudly. The card certified Barr’s presence upon the Missouri during the formal surrender of the the Japanese forces. When he and each person disembarked from the ship they received one with their individual name printed upon it. After the war, Barr worked a number of jobs including a time as a short-order cook, employment at the Coca-Cola factory and lastly working for Smith’s Transfer trucking company from which he retired after 32 years. Barr had two children, a daughter, Teresa Shifflett, lives nearby, and a son, Johnnie Barr Jr., who died five years ago. Barr’s wife died 10 years ago. Through the years, Barr kept in contact with his unit and attended a yearly reunion through the USS Missouri Association, though he has not been in the last five years. Barr began sharing his stories of the Missouri when he had grandchildren. Though he said his mind sometimes “blanks” and he cannot recall these old stories, he continually makes an effort to share them with the next generations. The USS Missouri sailed many voyages and fought many battles since WWII, including seeing action in the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm. The ship did not finally retire until 1995. Through photographs and stories remembered, the Mighty Mo lives on vividly in the mind of Barr and those of his children, grandchildren and all who hear of his experiences.
I am a historian and I live in Brazil. In June 1953, the USS Missouri landed in Rio de Janeiro for a few days. A sailor from the Missouri ship - I don't know details about him - fell in love with a snake dancer named Suzy King (stage name of Georgina Pires Sampaio). She lived in Copacabana and they corresponded for years after he left. I'm writing a book about Suzy King and I need to identify the sailor from the USS Missouri with whom she had an affair. I would like to ask for your help. - Do you have a list of the USS Missouri crew on this trip to Rio de Janeiro in June 1953? It was a "midshipman cruise". - Do you know people from that crew who can remember the sailor friend who got involved with a snake dancer? Can you help me solve this mystery? I await an answer. Thank you. Alberto de Oliveira [email protected]