Opening Day for the USS MISSOURI Battleship
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The USS Missouri (BB-63) is an Iowa-class battleship and the last battleship to be built in the U.S. The USS Missouri served as the site of the official Japanese surrender in World War II in Tokyo Bay. The ship was in commission from 1944-1955 and again in 1986-1992 during Operation DESERT STORM.
Jenny and I both took the day off to witness the "Might Mo" as it was towed into Pearl Harbor on 22 June 1998 from the Bremerton, Washington Shipyard when the historic battleship was transferred to the nonprofit USS Missouri Memorial Association (MMA) of Honolulu, HI. Jenny and I also helped volunteer to refurbish the ship by painting Tomahawk Missile Launcher #4 and scrubbing the main decks made of teak. The USS Missouri remians moored at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, standing as a guard over the remains of the USS Arizona which was sunk by the Japanese at the beginning of World War II on 7 December 1941 and the Arizona Memorial just 500 yards (450 meters) away.
These pictures are from the first day the battleship was opened to the public. There is an entrance fee for the USS Missouri but entrance to the Arizona Memorial National Park is free.