Thursday, January 29, 2015

Happy Birthday Mighty Mo

We’re excited to kick off our monthly blog series with the celebration of the 71st Anniversary of the USS Missouri’s launching.

Over 3 million man days, 3 years and 175 tons of blueprint paper later, America’s last battleship was born. We know what you’re thinking, 71 never looked so good! Let’s sail back in time to the year of 1944. On January 29, Margaret Truman christened the USS Missouri during the launching ceremony at the New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn. The USS Missouri’s armament included the main battery of nine 16 inch-barrel guns and twenty 5 inch-barrel anti-aircraft guns. 

During her decades of service, the Mighty Mo participated in World War II, including the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and on September 2, 1945, the Missouri secured her place in history as the site of Japan’s formal surrender to the Allied Forces in Tokyo Bay, formally ending World War II.

Missouri also served two tours of duty during the Korean War and during her modern era the Mighty Mo participated in Operations Earnest Will and Desert Shield/Storm before final decommissioning in 1992.

In celebration of her birthday, history will come to life at our second annual Living History Day event on Saturday, January 31 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Battleship Missouri Memorial. There will be live band performances, vendor booths and a variety of fun activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy. For more details about our event, please click here.

Today also marks the unveiling of our new exhibit, The War That Changed the World. The exhibit highlights the experience of the World War II generation and all veterans of war. Visitors will discover images that reflect the human experience of the war, artifacts that are tangible reminders and music that reflects the times designed to encourage insight into war’s experience. The exhibit also features an edited version of HISTORY’s 10-episode series- WWII in HD: The War That Changed the World with technical support provided by the Digital Media Program at Mid-Pacific Institute, Hawaii. 


While the Greatest Generation could never forget, we, and generations to follow, will always share an obligation to remember and to understand the lessons of war. So whether you’ve lived it, learned it or seen it, we encourage you to post your stories and upload your photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #sharemore. Be sure to tag us @BattleshipMissouri. 

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