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BB-63 USS MISSOURI
(1950 - 1953) Korean War

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 166k Fuel lines hang from the Missouri (BB-63) while refueling the destroyer Joesph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD-850), circa post August 1950. U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri506kHarbor at Inchon: The time is 15 September 1950. The place Inchon, in the Republic of Korea. The largest amphibious landing since the end of World War II is underway.
The Missouri (BB-63) is pictured left of center.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # HD-SN-98-07598 & Air & Space Museum # 306-FS-237-2 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri51kU.S. Naval personnel during the Korean War during church services aboard the Missouri (BB-63), 17 September 1950. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, courtesy of the USNI.
BB-63 Missouri90kScene in the ship's main battery plotting room, during operations off Korea, 17 September 1950.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-420319, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri83kGeneral of the Army Douglas MacArthur boards Missouri (BB-63) off Inchon, Korea, 21 September 1950.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC #: 80-G-420485, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri80kVice Admiral Arthur D. Struble, USN, Commander, Seventh Fleet In his office aboard Missouri (BB-63), off the coast of Korea, circa October 1950-March 1951. Original photo is dated 20 July 1950, when Missouri was still in the Atlantic.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-430079, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri84k21 October 1950 photo shows the Missouri (BB-63) bombarding Communist positions off Chong Jin, Korea. She is only about forty miles from the Soviet border, so all hand are at General Quarters. Being the only Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) ship that wasn't put into reserve after WW2, the Missouri was immediately sent to the far east at the beginning of the war. Official U.S. Navy Photograph USNHC # 80-G-K-12603, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-62 New Jersey318k New Jersey (BB-62) gets double billing in this photo, dated 11 Feb 54. In the center as first recommissioned in 1951, and also after her first post-war overhaul, with changed radars and fire control.
The Missouri (BB-63) (upper left), is pictured on 21 October 1950 bombarding Communist positions off Chong Jin, Korea.
Wisconsin (BB-64) (lower right) and Iowa (BB-61) (upper right).
The Iowa is pictured off Pearl Harbor in 1952 & shows the standard fleet painting adopted after WW2. Small war time hull numbers have been replaced with larger, easily seen block numerals. The catapults were removed after WW2, the area now a helicopter landing area. Some 40mm mounts are gone, but most remained on board until she was decommissioned on 24 February 1958. All 20mm gun mounts have been removed.
Official Navy Photo, # 633578, released by Department of Defense. Courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey927kSplash Colors of the Iowa class (BB-61 / 66).PDF courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-63 Missouri90kChief Gunner's Mate W.L. Stull (left) and Ensign R.H. Sprince relay an order to load all guns of turret one, during bombardment operations off Korea, October 1950.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-421187, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri83kAnchored in the outer harbor of Wonsan, Korea, 25 October 1950. A British destroyer is in the right background.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-421372, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri96kCrewmen receiving food supplies on board, during replenishment at sea by Graffias (AF-29) in the Sea of Japan, 17 December 1950. Each cargo net high lined between the two ships contains twenty boxes, holding a total of 2000 pounds of potatoes.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-424636, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri86kTeleman First Class Howard Bursley, USNR, carries bags of Christmas mail received on board during operations off the Korean coast, 18 December 1950.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-424639, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri67kMissouri's (BB-63) forward turret fires a 16-inch shell at enemy forces attacking Hungnam, North Korea, during a night bombardment in December 1950. In the background, LSMRs are firing rockets, with both ends of the trajectory visible. This is a composite image, made with two negatives taken only a few minutes apart. Photograph is dated 28 December 1950, but was probably taken on 23-24 December.USNHC # NH 96811.
BB-63 Missouri70kForward turret trains to port, as the Missouri (BB-63) moves into firing position off Kansong, Korea. Photo is dated 5 February 1951.USNHC # NH 96782.
BB-63 Missouri79kCrewmen load 16-inch projectiles aboard Missouri (BB-63) in preparation for further Korean War bombardment operations. Photographed at a base in Japan, circa February 1951. Photo is dated 14 February 1951, a day when Missouri was at Inchon, Korea. Note shell carts, used to move the projectiles on the battleship's upper deck.USNHC # NH 96784.
BB-63 Missouri89kCrewmen of starboard midships 40mm quad gun mounts stand by as the after 16"/50 gun turret fires a salvo at enemy forces at Kansong, Korea, in February 1951. Photographed from the forward fire control tower.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-426473, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri76kFires a salvo from her forward turrets, during bombardment operations off Korea in February 1951.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-426474, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri67kFires a three-gun salvo from her number two turret at a Korean Target, circa February 1951. Note U.S. flag and the ship's hull number used as identification markings on the forward turret.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-426954, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri608kThe General Visits Battleship via Helicopter: Lt. Gen. Matthew Ridgeway 8th Army Commander in Korea, salutes Vice Admiral Arthur Struble, 7th Fleet commander (right) after being landed aboard the Missouri (BB-63) by helicopter in Korean waters on 12 February A.P. Wire photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Photo added 05/29/13.
BB-63 Missouri370kApril 1951 photo of the Missouri (BB-63). She departed Yokosuka Japan 28 March, and upon arrival Norfolk 27 April became flagship of Rear Adm. J. L. Holloway, Jr., commander, Cruiser Force, Atlantic Fleet. USN photo courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-63 Missouri92kMidshipmen holystone the deck during a summer training cruise. Hoylstoning the deck with sand, soap and sea water is traditional for Midshipmen on their first cruise.Photograph courtesy of Stan Svec / Springfield (MASS.)Republican, ROTOGRAVURE Section, June 1951.
BB-63 Missouri78k"After the battle" sailors paint Missouri's (BB-63) 16"/50 guns. Photograph courtesy of Stan Svec / Springfield (MASS.)Republican, ROTOGRAVURE Section, June 1951.
BB-63 Missouri88kNew Jersey (BB 62) and the Missouri (BB-63) lie alongside at anchor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 1952.U.S. New Jersey web site.
BB-63 Missouri88kCaptain John Sylvester, USN (left) and Captain Warner R. Edsall, USN shake hands, after Captain Edsall relieved Captain Sylvester as Commanding Officer of Missouri (BB-63). The change of command ceremonies were held on board the ship at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia, 4 September 1952. Note fancy life ring.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-641308, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri67kCaptain Warner R. Edsall, USN, Commanding Officer, Missouri (BB-63). On the bridge of his ship, observing results of recent attacks on transportation facilities along the east coast of North Korea, 5 November 1952.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-448876, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri106kVice Admiral Joseph J. Clark, Commander, Seventh Fleet, accompanies Republic of Korea President and Mrs. Syngman Rhee as they visit the ship, off Pusan, Korea, 20 November 1952.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-641315, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri97kMissouri (BB-63) is shown in port, at Norfolk, VA, after returning from a tour in Korean waters. The heavy cruisers Albany(CA-123) and Macon(CA-132) are shown at the left. December 8, 1952.USNI photo.
BB-63 Missouri268kCover art of the 1952-1953 far-eastern cruise book of the Missouri (BB-63). This is one of the more than 8,000 cruise books to be found in the Navy Department Library. The library does not regularly receive newly issued cruise books because they are unofficial, privately published works. Veterans and commanders of current naval activities are strongly encouraged to donate new or old copies of cruise books to the library. Navy Historical Center File Photo # N-0000X-001, courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri84kCaptain Warner R. Edsall, USN,Commanding Officer, Missouri (BB-63) stands by the 16-inch gun muzzles of his ship's forward turret, at Yokosuka, Japan, 14 January 1953.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-641289, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri61kMoving slowly in close ashore at Wonsan, Korea, to deliver gunfire on enemy positions, 7 February 1953.USNHC # NH 96790.
BB-63 Missouri314k The Missouri (BB-63) is shown in port at Norfolk Va, after returning from a tour in Korean waters. The heavy cruisers Albany (CA-123) and Macon (CA-132) are on her port side. Photograph courtesy of Stan Svec / Springfield (MASS.)Republican, ROTOGRAVURE Section, February 1953.
BB-63 Missouri75kCaptain Robert Brodie, Jr., USN reads his orders to assume command of Missouri (BB-63), during ceremonies held on board the ship at Yokosuka, Japan, 4 April 1953. Vice Admiral Joseph J. Clark, Commander, Seventh Fleet, is at left. Captain Brodie relieved Commander James R. North, who had been acting Commanding Officer since the death of Captain Warner R. Edsall on 26 March 1953.USNHC # 80-G-641298.
BB-63 Missouri81kNaval Academy Midshipmen practice sending and receiving messages with a 24-inch signal light, during Midshipman's cruise, June 1953. Those present are (left to right):Peter W. Sandusky, 3rd Class;Edward H. Browne, 3rd Class;Robert F. Rigling, 1st Class.USNHC # 80-G-633588.
BB-63 Missouri69kEmbarking First and Third Class Midshipmen for an eight-week cruise, to South America, June 6, 1953. The boat is an LCM from Botetourt (APA-136). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, courtesy of the USNI.

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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