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The battleship USS Missouri, berthed at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii in 2006. I didn’t go aboard at that time as I had visited the Missouri when it was berthed at Bremerton, Washington in the 1970s.

(Wikipedia) USS Missouri (BB-63) (“Mighty Mo” or “Big Mo”) is a United States Navy Iowa-class battleship, and was the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship built by the United States, and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.

Missouri was ordered in 1940 and commissioned in June 1944. In the Pacific Theater of World War II she fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and shelled the Japanese home islands, and she fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. She was decommissioned in 1955 into the United States Navy reserve fleets (the “Mothball Fleet”), but reactivated and modernized in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan, and provided fire support during Operation Desert Storm in January/February 1991.

Missouri received a total of 11 battle stars for service in World War II, Korea, and the Persian Gulf, and was finally decommissioned on 31 March 1992, but remained on the Naval Vessel Register until her name was struck in January 1995. In 1998, she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum ship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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I’ve been an amateur photographer for as long as I can remember, which at my age is about a couple of weeks! I’ve owned film cameras from Zeiss, Scheider, Leica, Nikon and Olympus, as well as digital cameras from Pentax and Canon, and still have several, if I can ever find them. I currently use a Sony NEX-5N with an 18-55mm zoom lens, and after a year of ownership am still learning all the functions.

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  • tinnieopener
    tinnieopenerover 4 years ago

    Awesome David:o)

  • Thank you, it’s a really impressive ship!

    – David Davies

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindalmost 4 years ago

    My fathers ashes were scattered at sea from the fan tail of this ship as she put to sea from San Diego , Ca. On her voyage up to Washington . He was given a 21 gun salute my her at San Clememte Island . Awesome to be aboard as my whole family was durind a broudside. Father was head of cinpacflt.

  • So glad to have brought back memories. It must have been overwhelming. Thank you so much for the feature, it is much appreciated.

    – David Davies

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much, Trish, this was a touching old ship!

    – David Davies

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    Amazing history and so good that she was not scuttled. Lovely capture

  • kalaryder
    kalaryder4 months ago


    See features here

  • billfox256
    billfox2564 months ago

    An excellent capture and well deserving of being featured!!!! Bill

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