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Patches contributed by Robert M. Cieri

BB-63 USS MISSOURI
1994 - 2004

Radio Call Sign: November - Charlie - Bravo - Lima

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons


From left to right, in order of decending rows:
1. Combat Action Ribbon Navy Unit Commendation
2. Meritorious Unit Commendation Navy "E" Ribbon (with Wreathed Battle E device) China Service Medal
3. American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with three campaign stars) World War II Victory Medal
4. Navy Occupation Service Medal National Defense Service Medal (with service star) Korean Service Medal {with silver service star (5 campaigns)
5. Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Southwest Asia Service Medal (with two campaign stars) Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with two service stars)
6. Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation United Nations Service Medal and Liberation of Kuwait Medal
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.

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1941 - June 1944 / Construction - Commissioning
July 1944 / Fitting Out
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1954 - 1983
1984 - 1987
1988 - 1993
2005 - Present


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 77k Front cover for the commemorative ceremony booklet issued on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the surrender of Japan signed aboard the Missouri (BB-63), 2 September 1995. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri88 An Acrylic on illustration board by the Official Navy Artist DM2 Robert Adam Malin, entitled "The Mighty Missouri (BB-63)," was done as part of the RIMPAC 98 operation.The Mighty Missouri,
Robert Adam Malin.
Acrylic on illustration board, 1998, 98-110-J, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-63 Missouri70k An Acrylic on illustration board by the Official Navy Artist DM2 Robert Adam Malin, entitled "Defenders of Freedom, Past and Present," was done as part of the RIMPAC 98 operation. Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) pulls in to relieve Independence (CVA-62) in Pearl Harbor. Missouri (BB-63) is in the background. Defenders of Freedom, Past and Present,
Robert Adam Malin
Acrylic on illustration board, 1998, 98-110-A
BB-63 Missouri50kThe battleship ex-Missouri (BB-63) passes Diamond Head 21 June 1998, en route to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton signed the Donation Agreement on May 4th, allowing Missouri's use as a museum near the Arizona Memorial.U.S. Navy photo # N-7749B-002 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Kerry E. Baker.
BB-63 Missouri223k The battleship Missouri (BB-63) passes Honolulu en route to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 21 June 1998.U.S. Navy photo # N-8421M-001 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class David Mercil, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-63 Missouri624 With the help of three tugs, the battleship Missouri (BB-63) enters Pearl Harbor en route to its new berth at Ford Island near the Arizona Memorial, 21 June 1998.U.S. Navy photo # N-7749B-002 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class David Mercil, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-63 Missouri400 The battleship Missouri (BB-63) passes Pearl Harbor ships on her way to a new berth at Ford Island, 22 June 1998. Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton signed the Donation Agreement on 4 May allowing Missouri to be used as a museum near the Arizona Memorial.U.S. Navy photo # N-8421M-002 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class David Mercil, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-63 Missouri453k Tugs move Missouri (BB-63) to her berth at Ford Island (background). This berth is roughly where the battleships Maryland (BB-46) and Oklahoma (BB-37) were moored on 7 December 1941. The 184 foot-long Arizona Memorial in the foreground spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship Arizona (BB-39). USN photo # DN-SD-03-09094, by JOC(AW) Gloria Montgomery, the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri604 The battleship Missouri (BB-63) moors to her new berth at Ford Island, 22 June 1998. U.S. Navy photo # N-8421M-003 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class David Mercil, courtesy of navy.news.mil., submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-63 Missouri 152k Front cover of the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Missouri Memorial, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of her launching, 29 January 1999. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri200kLooking out from the bow of the Missouri (BB-63). Courtesy of Daniel W. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri214k Crewmembers aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz (CVN-68) man the rails and prepare to salute upon entering Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 11 March 2003, while passing the Missouri (BB-63) and Arizona Memorial. Nimitz and her battle group are currently deployed conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo # N-6688F-011 by Chief Photographer's Mate Kevin Farmer, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri294k Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 23 October 2003, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush arrive with Commander U. S. Pacific Command, Adm. Thomas B. Fargo, aboard the retired battleship Missouri (BB-63) to meet with veterans and service members during a visit to Pearl Harbor. President Bush stopped in Hawaii on his return from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Thailand. The President also laid a wreath and met with Pearl Harbor survivors aboard the Arizona Memorial. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jason L. Jacobowitz, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri208k Jerry Weiss, a former Engineman 2nd class talks to reporters 2 September 2003 aboard his former ship, the Battleship Missouri (BB-63) shortly after the Anniversary of the End of World War II ceremony. Weiss served aboard the battleship from 1948 to 1951 and was one of more than 100 former Missouri crewmembers that were present at the ceremony hosted by the Missouri Memorial Association. The ceremony marked 58 years since General Douglas MacArthur and Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, along with other U.S. and Allied officers, accepted the unconditional surrender of the Japanese, ending World War II on the deck of the Missouri.U.S.Navy photo # N-3228G-004 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class William R. Goodwin, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri341k Former crewmembers of the Battleship Missouri (BB-63) pose for photos 2 September 2003 shortly after the Anniversary of the End of World War II ceremony, held aboard the famous ship. More than 100 former Missouri crewmembers were present at the ceremony, hosted by the Missouri Memorial Association. The ceremony marked 58 years since General Douglas MacArthur and Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, along with other U.S. and Allied officers, accepted the unconditional surrender of the Japanese, ending World War II on the deck of the Battleship Missouri.U.S. Navy photo # N-3228G-003 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class William R. Goodwin, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri311kCeremonial honor guard prepares to render a 21-gun salute at the 59th anniversary ceremony of the end of World War II aboard the battleship Missouri Memorial. Japan signed the Instrument of Formal Surrender in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945, on the decks of the Missouri. A plaque marks the exact location of the surrender and copies of the original documents are displayed on the "Surrender Deck" for visitors around the world to see when they visit the memorial. U.S. Navy photo # N-3019M-014 by Journalist Seaman Ryan C. McGinley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri229k Crewmembers aboard Nimitz (CVN-68) and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11), man the rails 27 October 2003 while passing by the battleship Missouri (BB-63) museum upon entering Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11) are deployed to the Western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo # N-2385R-004 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Yesenia Rosas, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
World War II Memorial371kA quote made by Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz is inscribed on a granite wall at the National World War II Memorial located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Fleet Adm. Nimitz was the United States signatory to the surrender terms aboard the battleship Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, Japan on 2 September 1945, thus ending World War II. Established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the memorial honors all military veterans of World War II, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms. On 29 May 2004, the memorial was formally dedicated with an estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, and includes 100,000 visiting veterans of all wars.U.S. Navy photo # N-0295M-011 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri35k Commemorative postal cover marking the 60th anniversary of Missouri's (BB-63) commissioning, 11 June 2004. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
BB-63 Missouri181k Formed in 1994, the Missouri Memorial Association is a private organization based in Hawaii that acts as Missouri's caretaker. It funds the costs of restoring, operating and preserving the battleship through admission, retail and concession sales, donations, grants and volunteers.All Hands magazine photo # N-2653P-003 by: Journalist 1st Class (SCW/SS) James G. Pinsky, March 2004, pg. 32 & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-63 Missouri232kCeremonial Color Guard, assigned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, renders a 21-gun salute aboard the memorial battleship Missouri (BB-63) during a Veteran's Day sunset ceremony on 11 November 2004. The ceremony was attended by Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and featured a keynote address by World War II veteran, William Paty Jr., a former prisoner of war.U.S. Navy photo # N-3019M-004 by Journalist Seaman Ryan C. McGinley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri214k The decommissioned battleship Missouri (BB-63) is illuminated by the setting sun during a tribute ceremony for retired Chief Boatswain's Mate Harold B. Estes at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 17 November 2004. More than 200 guests paid tribute to Estes, who after retiring from the Navy in 1955, has received numerous awards from the Secretary of the Navy for public service and involvement in the Sea Services. Estes is also known for helping to bring the Missouri and Bowfin(SS-287) to Pearl Harbor as floating museums. U.S. Navy photo # N-3228G-006 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class William R. Goodwin, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

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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