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BB-63 USS MISSOURI
1941 - June 1944 / Construction - Commissioning

Radio Call Sign: November - Charlie - Bravo - Lima

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Iowa Class Battleship: Displacement 45,000 Tons, Dimensions, 887' 3" (oa) x 108' 2" x 37' 9" (Max). Armament 9 x 16"/50 20 x 5"/38AA, 80 x 40mm 49 x 20mm, 3 AC. Armor, 12 1/8" Belt, 17" Turrets, 1 1/2" +6" +5/8" Decks, 17 1/4" Conning Tower. Machinery, 212,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1921.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard, January 6, 1941. Launched January 29, 1944. Commissioned June 11, 1944. Decommissioned February 26, 1955. Recommissioned May 10, 1986. Decommissioned March 31, 1992. Stricken for disposal January 12, 1995. Donated for preservation May 4, 1998.
Fate: Preserved as a museum at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, June 1998.
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BB-63 Missouri 12k Great Seal of the State of Missouri. Courtesy of Ed Gray.
BB-63 Missouri 108k Driving the first rivet, during keel laying ceremonies at the New York Navy Yard, 6 January 1941. Rear Admiral Clark Woodward, Commandant of the Navy Yard, (second from right) did the honors on this occasion. USNHC # NH 96796.
BB-63 Missouri 141k The Missouri (BB-63) as seen on 3 October 1941. She had been laid down on 6 January and her bottom plating is nearly finished. Most of the workers in the center of the ship are standing on the middle layer of the triple bottom. The keelson projects aft toward the water and on each side of the keelson can be seen the supports for the two inboard propeller shafts. U. S. Navy photo from the book "IOWA CLASS BATTLESHIPS-Their Design, Weapons and Equipment" by Robert F. Sumrall & Tom Walkowiak, submitted by Mike Green.
BB-63 Missouri 211k The Missouri (BB-63) is shown in mid-1942 with the engines and boilers in place and the torpedo defense system taking shape amidships. Segments of the lower main armor belt are visible. The keyway for fitting the upper belt and the adjacent plates of the lower belt can be seen. Also visible is the welded scalloped butt straps vertically joining the lower belt plates. U. S. Navy photo from the book "IOWA CLASS BATTLESHIPS-Their Design, Weapons and Equipment" by Robert F. Sumrall & Tom Walkowiak, submitted by Mike Green.
BB-63 Missouri 161k The Missouri (BB-63) is seen in mid-1943 at the New York Navy Yard. The side tanks of the torpedo defense system are visible along with the lower armor belt, with its 19 degree inclination. This belt also serves as Torpedo Bulkhead No. 4. The structure in the left foreground is the bow assembly, being constructed and readied for installation when the hull assembly reaches that point. U. S. Navy photo from the book "IOWA CLASS BATTLESHIPS-Their Design, Weapons and Equipment" by Robert F. Sumrall & Tom Walkowiak, submitted by Mike Green.
BB-63 Missouri 141k The Missouri (BB-63) is shown in November 1943, only two months before launching. The hull is complete up to the main deck and much of the superstructure is in frame. Amid the maze of scaffolding, air hoses and welding leads, splinter protection for the light weight anti-aircraft battery (quad 40mm) is being installed and the teak deck is being laid. U. S. Navy photo from the book "IOWA CLASS BATTLESHIPS-Their Design, Weapons and Equipment" by Robert F. Sumrall & Tom Walkowiak, submitted by Mike Green.
BB-63 Missouri 371k The New York Navy Yard's newspaper "Shipworker" with the lead story of the day, the launching of the Missouri (BB-63), at the New York Navy Yard on 29 January 1944. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri 32k Ticket for the launching of the Missouri (BB-63), at the New York Navy Yard on 29 January 1944. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri 150k Cover of the Launch Bulletin for the Missouri (BB-63), at the New York Navy Yard on 29 January 1944. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri 64k Christening champagne bottle, silver bottle cover and wooden case, prepared for the ship's launching, which took place at the New York Navy Yard on 29 January 1944. Photograph USNHC # 19-N-73093, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 2434k The following 40 second silent clip is from a home video recorded by Bob McFarland, who worked at the Brooklyn Shipyard at the time of the Missouri (BB-63) launch. Mr. McFarland filmed the Missouri's launch from one of the nearby scaffolds. Video & text courtesy of eugeneleeslover.com courtesy of Jeff Jacobs. USNHC photo # NH 45923. Video added 09/21/09.
BB-63 Missouri 88k Miss Margaret Truman, Missouri's (BB-63) Sponsor, ready to christen the ship, during launching ceremonies at the New York Navy Yard, 29 January 1944. Looking on are (left to right): Rear Admiral Monroe R. Kelly, New York Navy Yard Commandant; Rear Admiral Sherman S. Kennedy, USN, and Senator Harry S. Truman of Missouri, the Sponsor's father. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-44891, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 516k Early in the day of Missouri's (BB-63) launch at the New York Navy Yard on 29 January 1944. National archives photo #80-G-44893, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-63 Missouri 85k View of the ship's bow, as she is prepared for launching at the New York Navy Yard, 29 January 1944. Note anchors and launching drag chains. USNHC # NH 45920.
BB-63 Missouri 115k Approaching the end of the building ways as she is launched, 29 January 1944, at the New York Navy Yard. USNHC # NH 45925.
BB-63 Missouri 85k Entering the water for the first time, during her launching at the New York Navy Yard, 29 January 1944. Note anchors and launching drag chains. USNHC # NH 45921.
BB-63 Missouri 87k New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York. Aerial photograph, taken 9 March 1944. Missouri (BB-63) is fitting out in the center. Carrier at the bottom is probably Bennington (CV-20). USNHC # NH 93234.
BB-63 Missouri 194k Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 22D intended for battleships of the Iowa class (BB-61 / 66). Missouri (BB-63) wore this pattern.
This plan, showing the ship's starboard side, superstructure ends, and exposed decks, is dated 18 May 1944 and was approved by Commander Arthur W. Colledge, USNR.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-109729, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 138k Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 22D intended for battleships of the Iowa class (BB-61 / 66). Missouri (BB-63) wore this pattern.
This plan, showing the ship's port side is dated 18 May 1944 and was approved by Commander Arthur W. Colledge, USNR.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-109730, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 392k Three dimensional cutaway of the Missouri (BB-63). Photo courtesy of unlimiteddetails.com .
BB-63 Missouri 97k Cover of the Commissioning Booklet for the Missouri (BB-63), 11 June 1944. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri 106k Crewmen and other attendees salute the colors, as the ship is placed in commission. Ceremonies were held at the New York Navy Yard on 11 June 1944. Photographed from the battleship's after deck, with 16-inch gun turret Number Three in the foreground. USNHC # NH 96795.
BB-63 Missouri 106k Commissioning ceremonies, at the New York Navy Yard, 11 June 1944. Photographed looking aft from atop her Number Three 16-inch gun turret. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-3858, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.

USS MISSOURI BB-63 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Herbert Fahr Jr
Address: 24 Clark Street, PLAINVIEW NY 11803-5114.
Phone: 516 931-1769
E-mail: Mr. Herbert Fahr Jr.



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