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<p>NMUSN:&nbsp; Ships:&nbsp; &nbsp;USS Missouri (BB-63)</p>

USS Missouri (BB-63)

USS Missouri (BB-63)

Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard, New York, on June 11, 1944, the Iowa-class battleship, USS Missouri (BB-63) steamed to the Pacific, participating in the Iwo Jima invasion, the Ryukyus Campaign, and the raids on the Japanese homeland.   On September 2, 1945, the Japanese Surrender was held onboard, ending World War II.   After a diplomatic mission to the Mediterranean in 1946, she operated in the Atlantic area, despite grounding herself in 1950 off Hampton Roads, Virginia.   Providing gunfire support in the Korean War, Missouri was decommissioned in February 1955.   Reactivated in May 1986, she participated in numerous cruises and again provided gunfire support during the Persian Gulf War in 1991.  Decommissioned in 1992, Missouri is now a museum battleship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  

A model of Missouri used to be on display at the In Harm's Way (Pacific Section) at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, Bldg. 76, until 2022.     

Image: 300-CFD-DN-ST-86-07096:   USS Missouri (BB-63), 1986.   An elevated port bow view of the battleship en-route to recommissioning in San Francisco, California.  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.