The Might Mo
The USS Missouri, was the last battleship commissioned by the United States. It was decommissioned in 1992 and now serves as a Memorial Ship, docked at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, HI.
Some Noteworthy Facts
- Years of Service – Commissioned in 1944, it did fight in some late WW II battles in the Pacific (including Iwo Jima) and the Korean War. It was decommissioned in 1955. In 1984, Ronald Regan had it modernized and recommissioned. Tomahawk missiles were shot from her in the Gulf War, 1991. Big Mo was decommissioned a second time in 1992.
- Japan Surrender – On September 2, 1945, representatives of the Empire of Japan signed the agreement that formalized their surrender on the deck of the USS Missouri, while anchored in Tokyo Bay, under the direction of General MacArthur.
- Final Resting Position – On June 22, 1998, the Might Mo was docked at Ford Island, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It is positioned facing east. She is 500 yards from, and bow-to-bow with, the sunken USS Arizona, which was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is a symbol of peace.
- Can Visit – Visitors may go aboard and explore Big Mo. The USS Missouri Memorial Association is dedicated to preserving the Battleship Missouri and sharing her story and place in history. (Our family did visit in 2019.)
A Few Pictures