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We Remember

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Nov 17, 2019
On the morning of the final day of each reunion of former USS Missouri crewmembers, they gather for the tolling of the bell, the whistle of the bos’n’s pipe and the calling of the names of those...
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The Legacy of Hope

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Nov 17, 2019
During the 1919 Ohio State Boxing Amateurs tournament at Cleveland’s Moose Hall, 16-year old Packy East made it to the finals. There he faced Happy Walsh, who encouraged him to consider other...
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Iowa Class Battleship: Kentucky (BB66)

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Nov 17, 2019
Top left image: The uncompleted battleship Kentucky at Norfolk Navy Yard, December 1949.Top right image: The hull of the battleship Kentucky, minus her bow, being towed to the Boston Metals. ...
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Babcock & Who? The Battleship Missouri has eight Babcock & Wilcox M-type boilers, that began with a commitment to innovation.

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Nov 17, 2019
The Battleship Missouri has eight Babcock & Wilcox M-type boilers, that began with a commitment to innovation. Stephen Wilcox, Jr. (left) was born in 1830 in Westerly, Rhode Island. He began...
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Luke's Field - Army Airfield on Ford Island Named After The Most Daring Aviator and Greatest Fighter Pilot

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Nov 17, 2019
We drive past it every day, the often-overgrown airfield best known as site of Amelia Earhart’s aborted first take-off attempt on her round-the-world journey. The airfield last functioned as a...
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Righteous Among Nations - Chiune Sugihara

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Nov 17, 2019
Among documents preserved in the Japanese Foreign Ministry archives in Tokyo is a list of 6,500 names. Some of the names on the list are individuals, others represent entire families. Close to...
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USS Missouri Struck By a “Kamikaze” on April 11, 1945 During the Battle of Okinawa

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Nov 11, 2019
Image: A “bogey” is downed by anti-aircraft fire from the USS Missouri and other ships in the Task Group during the Battle of Okinawa, the last major battle of World War II.We may tend to think of...
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Cardinal Francis Spellman, The Military Vicar of the United States First Hawaii Visit

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Nov 10, 2019
As World War II formally concluded aboard Battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, there were other places, other gatherings, other moments of reflection, as peace was finally...
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Japanese Emissaries at the Pre-Surrender Conference in Manila on 19 August 1945

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Nov 10, 2019
Prisoner of war camp: Army-administered Omori Camp, also known as Tokyo Base Camp #1 or Tokyo Main Camp, was constructed on a man-made island that was built by prison labor from Shinagawa Camp. It...
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Ancient Shipbuilding Tradition Preserved Aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor

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Nov 10, 2019
Old-growth Teak forests existed naturally in India, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Tectona grandis is a tropical, flowering tree that prefers direct sunlight and...
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The Last Battleship Bugler

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Nov 10, 2019
The Following is an account of service aboard USS Missouri provided by former LCDR Richard Bergren, Officer in Charge (OIC) of the battleship’s Aviation Department during and after Operation Desert...