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Shakedown of USS Missouri

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Nov 17, 2019
SHAKEDOWN is the final critical period following a ship’s construction, fitting out and “sea trials”, that tests and confirms the combined operational and material readiness of a Navy ship and her...
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“Old Ironsides” Defeat of HMS Java

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Nov 17, 2019
“at 5 minutes past 3pm after an hours close and severe action with the American frigate Constitution in which she was so much disabled in her masts, sails and rigging by the enemy’s very superior...
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Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog

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Nov 17, 2019
General MacArthur, Lt. General Sutherland, General Marshall, and staff arrive at the Custom House Pier at Yokohama to board the destroyer USS Buchanan for transport to the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay...
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Sweat it out: Arrangements for the Formal Surrender of Japan Aboard the Battleship USS Missouri

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Nov 17, 2019
Colonel Hervey Bennett Whipple was Logistics Officer at MacArthur’s headquarters in Manila when word was received of Japan’s acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration. Over the hectic days...
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USS Missouri Arriving...21 Years Ago

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Nov 17, 2019
Lest we forget…it was on June 21, 1998, 21 years ago, that our battleship Missouri finally arrived off of Diamond Head enroute to Pearl Harbor.
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D-DAY, 6 June 1944

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Nov 17, 2019
Image: American infantry troops approach Omaha Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944.Seventy-five years ago, they landed on the beaches of Normandy. The US 1st Infantry Division, known at the “Big Red One”...
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Land of the Free - British Warship was Launched

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Nov 17, 2019
June 19th in 1810, a British warship was launched, “floated in the stream at high water” from a new shipbuilding dockyard in Bombay. This was a singular event, reported the Bombay Courier, “This...
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Midshipman History

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Nov 17, 2019
Image: US Naval Academy Midshipmen learn the technique of “holystoning” during their 1951 Summer training cruise aboard Missouri. The following is provided for reference, from the 2016 issue of Reef...
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11 June 1944: Commissioning Battleship U.S.S. Missouri

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Nov 17, 2019
The following content is taken from the Commissioning day program booklet:Placing the ship in commission: “This ceremony marks the transition from construction to induction into active service,...
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USS Missouri Broadside: RIMPAC 1990

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Nov 17, 2019
USS Missouri firing broadside during RIMPAC 1990, off the coast of Oahu. Photograph taken by Randy Esdon aboard HMCS Kootenay In 2005, Randy Esdon contacted us and indicated that he had taken a...
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Perspectives From the Beginnings of World War II

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Nov 17, 2019
As the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, it may be useful to consider perspectives from the beginning, from the period just prior to the start of our world’s most devastating...