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BB-63 MISSOURI
August - December / 1944

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 71k Gunner's Mate Second Class Charles J. Hansen working on a 40mm quad machine gun mount, during the battleship's shakedown period, circa August 1944. Note his tattoos, commemorating service on Vincennes (CA-44) and shipmates lost with her in the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4510, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 143k Band concert on the main deck, during the ship's shakedown period, circa August 1944. Note sailor wearing a red "white" hat at left. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4513, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 71k Missouri (BB-63) fires a six-gun salvo from her forward turrets, during shakedown gunnery exercises, August 1944. Six 16-inch projectiles are visible in the air at the extreme right. Photographed by Arthur Stratham. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4515, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 79k Mass production of lemon pies in the battleship's bakery during her shakedown period, Summer 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4516, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 76k Two WAVES look out through the armored rear door of a 5"/38 twin gun mount, while visiting the ship in an east coast port during her shakedown period, circa August 1944. They are Yeoman Second Class Blanche Oswald and Yeoman Third Class Betty Martin. Note thickness of armor plating on the door and mount shield. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4520, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 78k Commander Hylan B. Lyon, the battleship's Navigator, at work in the charthouse, during her shakedown period, Summer 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4522, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 64k In port during her shakedown cruise, circa August 1944 Alaska (CB-1) is in the left distance, with a K-type blimp overhead. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4523, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 115k Lieutenant Rival Joe Hawkins, Chaplain, leads a congregation of sailors in prayer, during services on the battleship's fantail. Photographed during her shakedown period, circa August 1944. Note portable organ at right, 16-inch triple gun turret in center background and censored ship which is Alaska (CB-1) in the right distance. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4531, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 76k View along the battleship's port side, during a high-speed run while on her shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4533, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 77k Men conning the ship from her open bridge during her shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. Note armored conning tower and enclosed bridge structure, with cable runs below, sliding panels over bridge windows and window wipers. Also note floater nets in basket at the rear of 16-inch gun turret at left. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4534, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 62k Fire Controlman Third Class James Tucker adjusts the canvas "bloomer" on a 16"/50 gun, while standing on the gun turret's face plate ladder. Photographed during the battleship's shakedown period, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4535, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 68k Ship's Commanding Officer, Captain William M. Callaghan (center) with his "talker", Yeoman First Class Arthur Colton, and the Officer of the Deck, Lieutenant Morris R. Eddy, on the starboard side of her navigating bridge during the battleship's shakedown period, Summer 1944. Note sliding panels above the bridge windows and window wiper mechanisms below. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4536, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 78k Bridge watch, photographed during the battleship's shakedown period, Summer 1944. Those present are: Captain William M. Callaghan (left), Ship's Commanding Officer; Lieutenant Morris R. Eddy, Officer of the Deck, and Yeoman First Class Arthur Colton, Captain's Talker. Note Callaghan's khaki uniform and Eddy's wartime "Greys". Also note wiring overhead. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4537, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 86k Commander Jacob E. Cooper, the ship's Executive Officer, passes an order to his talker, Seaman Second Class Vincent Domino, in the primary conning station, part-way up the forward fire control tower. Photographed during gunnery exercises on Missouri's (BB-63) shakedown cruise, August 1944. Note the battleship's forward 16"/50 gun turrets trained out to port below; binnacle and other instruments in the conning station. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4538, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 116k Several harbor tugs push Missouri (BB-63) into the channel as she gets underway during her shakedown period in mid-1944. The battleship's crew is paraded on deck for morning roll call. Tugs present include four U.S. Navy YTs and two commercial tugs, with the Wood Towing Corporation's tug Camel closest to the camera. Note marking atop Missouri second 16-inch gun turret, indentifying the 40mm gun mount on its top as 40mm mount # 1. Those on the bow, ahead of the turrets, are marked as numbers 18 (port side) and 17 (starboard side). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4540, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 71k A bit of light reading occupies the spare time of one of the ship's crew members, during Missouri (BB-63) shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. His booklet is the Public Affairs Committee publication What About Girls?. Note helmets stowed on the 40mm gun tub shield behind the sailor. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4541, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 64k Leadsman taking soundings, as the battleship enters port during her shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. Note line handler assisting the leadsman and talker standing by. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4542, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 62k Missouri (BB-63) fires a salvo from the forward 16"/50 gun turret, during her shakedown period, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4546, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 66k Missouri (BB-63) fires the center 16"/50 Mk.VII gun of each of her forward turrets, during a shakedown cruise night gunnery practice, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4549, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 53k Missouri (BB-63) fires her 5"/38 secondary battery during a shakedown cruise night gunnery practice, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4550, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 70k Machinist's Mate Second Class Reed Bankhead and Machinist's Mate First Class Ralph Weiss operating metal lathes in the battleship's machine shop, during her shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4553, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 84k Commander Louis E. Gilge, Medical Corps, makes his "rounds" in the battleship's sick bay as Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Frank Mancini stands by at left. Photographed during Missouri (BB-63) shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4554, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 70k Crew members get a drink of water from a crew's quarters scuttlebutt, as other men rest and read in hanging berths. Photographed during the ship's shakedown period, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4555, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 86k Dental Officers Commander Jessie B. Bancroft and Lieutenant George E. Wheeler at work in the battleship's dental spaces. Photographed during her shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4556, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 75k Fire Controlman First Class E.M. Smith, Gun Captain of one of the ship's nine 16"/50 Mk.VII main battery guns, opens his gun's breech plug, during Missouri (BB-63) shakedown cruise, August 1944. The gun's polished steel breech is marked with the stamp of its manufacturer, the Naval Gun Factory, Washington Navy Yard, DC. Note tattoo on FC1c Smith's left forearm. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4558, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 48k Electricians's Mate First Class Kenneth McNally and Seaman First Class George Skiratko operate a 36-inch searchlight, during the ship's shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4560, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 78k WAVES visiting the ship in an east coast port, during her shakedown period, circa August 1944. They are standing on the main deck at the bow, with the Navy Jack flying behind them. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4563, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 74k Yeoman Third Class Betty Martin exiting the rear door of a 5"/38 twin gun mount, while touring the ship in an east coast port during Missouri (BB-63) shakedown period, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4570, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 97k Signal flags flying from her port side halyards, as the battleship speeds along during her shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. Note 5"/38 twin gun mounts below. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4571, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 67k Photographed while on her shakedown cruise, August 1944. She is wearing patterned camouflage Measure 32/22D. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4575, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives. Photo i.d. text courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn (USN / Israeli Navy /Retired.
BB-63 Missouri 65k Anchored in port during her shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. A K-type blimp is overhead. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4576, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 59k Captain William M. Callaghan, ship's Commanding Officer, on the navigating bridge during her Summer 1944 shakedown period. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-4600, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 76k Crewmen at their battle stations in the 40mm quad anti-aircraft machine gun mounting atop Turret Two, during the battleship's shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. Alaska (CB-1) is in the center background, with a destroyer beyond her. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-5579, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 111k Sailors loading the ship with supplies, probably during her shakedown period, circa July-September 1944. An endless "human chain" carries boxes of Lucky Strike cigarettes from the truck up the gangway and onto Missouri (BB-63) forward main deck. The original caption states: "An average of five cases of cigarettes is smoked during a tour at sea". Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 96810, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 108k Crew members loading onions, during the ship's shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-46397, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 113k Crew members making purchases at the ship's store, probably during the ship's shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-47247, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 60k Missouri (BB-63) photographed during her shakedown period, circa August 1944. USNHC # NH 62417.
BB-63 Missouri 369k Missouri (BB-63) photographed during her shakedown period, circa August 1944. U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Ron Titus, courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp.
BB-63 Missouri 75k Photographed during her shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. This image was retouched by Wartime censors to remove radar antennas. USNHC # NH 50202.
BB-63 Missouri 78k Missouri (BB-63) fires the 16"/50 guns of turret two, during shakedown cruise gunnery exercises, circa August 1944. USNHC # NH 58158.
BB-63 Missouri 70k Photographed 24 August 1944, during her shakedown period. USNHC # NH 96779.
BB-63 Missouri 63k Signal flags flying from her port halyards during her shakedown cruise, circa August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-14527, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 70k Firing the center 16"/50 guns of the forward turrets, during gunnery exercises. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-48412, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 91k En route from Panama to San Francisco, 22 November 1944. An escort carrier (CVE) is following the battleship. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-190546, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 419k Missouri (BB-63) and her escorting company as seen from the bridge of an escorting air craft carrier most likely underway out of San Francisco Bay sometime between 14 December 1944 and her arrivial at Ulithi, West Caroline Islands, 13 January 1945. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Partial text courtesy of DANFS. Photo added 02/08/08

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