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BB-63 USS MISSOURI
September - Dec 1945

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 153k Church service at sea in the Pacific. USN Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 1.30k Watercolor of Missouri (BB-63) & Massachusetts (BB-59) & other units of the Pacific Fleet at war's end by Tom Freeman. Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 219k VIP's arriving for the on the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay, 2 September, 1945. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-63 Missouri 67k At anchor in Tokyo Bay, Japan, 2 September 1945, the day that Japanese surrender ceremonies were held on her deck. Note SC-1 floatplanes on her catapults and boats moored at her stern. Photograph SC # 210636, from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
Video courtesy of YOUTUBE via /enka2.netorage.com submitted by Ron Reeves.
BB-63 Missouri 304k Surrender ceremonies in progress, as seen from Missouri's (BB-63) foredeck, with the Marine guard and Navy band in the center foreground and the ship's embarkation ladder at lower left. The backs of the Japanese delegation are visible on the 01 level deck, to the left of 16-inch gun turret # 2. Photograph SC # 210628, from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives via Bill Gonyo.
BB-63 Missouri 68k Oil painting by the artist Sidney Simon, entitled "U.S.S. Missouri".
Surrender ceremonies in progress, as seen from Missouri's (BB-63) bridge, with the Marine guard and Navy band in the center foreground and the ship's embarkation ladder at lower left. The Japanese delegation are visible on the 01 level deck, to the left of 16-inch gun turret # 2.
Oil painting by the artist Sidney Simon, entitled "U.S.S. Missouri", courtesy of pbs.org., from the series "They Drew Fire, Combat Artists of WWII".
BB-63 Missouri 59k The Japanese delegation signs the instrument of surrender on the morning of 2 September, 1945, aboard Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay. General of the Army Douglas A. MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander, signed for the Allies. Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz signed for the United States. USN / Jose Vigil
BB-63 Missouri 3.97k Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945 Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, signs the Instrument of Surrender as United States Representative, aboard Missouri (BB-63), 2 September 1945. Standing directly behind him are (left-to-right): General of the Army Douglas MacArthur; Admiral William F. Halsey, USN, and Rear Admiral Forrest Sherman, USN. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler.
BB-63 Missouri 370k Gen. Douglas MacArthur signs the Japanese surrender documents aboard the Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay. Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, left foreground, who surrendered Bataan to the Japanese, and British Lt. Gen. A. E. Percival, next to Wainwright, who surrendered Singapore, observe the ceremony marking the end of World War II. AP Photo by Frank Filan courtesy of the denverpost.com via Ronald Norford, whose brother, Robert Nelson Norford, F1/C, USNR was lost on the Escolar(SS-294).
BB-63 Missouri171k The second commemorative plaque of the Japanese Surrender on the bulkhead above the quarterdeck, where the first plaque marks the actual surrender site, on the deck. This plaque lists the names of Allied and Japanese principal actors in the drama of 2 September 1945. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri 96k Japanese representatives on board Missouri (BB-63) during the surrender ceremonies, 2 September 1945. Standing in front are: Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu (wearing top hat) and General Yoshijiro Umezu, Chief of the Army General Staff. Behind them are three representatives each of the Foreign Ministry, the Army and the Navy. They include, in middle row, left to right: Major General Yatsuji Nagai, Army; Katsuo Okazaki, Foreign Ministry; Rear Admiral Tadatoshi Tomioka, Navy; Toshikazu Kase, Foreign Ministry, and Lieutenant General Suichi Miyakazi, Army. In the the back row, left to right (not all are visible): Rear Admiral Ichiro Yokoyama, Navy; Saburo Ota, Foreign Ministry; Captain Katsuo Shiba, Navy, and Colonel Kaziyi Sugita, Army. (Identities those in second and third rows are from an annotated photograph in Naval Historical Center files.) Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # USA C-2719, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 81k General Yoshijiro Umezu, Chief of the Army Japanese General Staff, sign the official surrender aboard Missouri (BB-63) on 2 September 1945. Lt.Gen. Richard K. Sutherland stands near the table while General of the Army Douglas MacArthur is at the microphone. USN photo # 1478-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Bob Turner & Herbert Fahr, Jr. USS Missouri (BB-63) Association, Inc.
BB-63 Missouri 93k Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz signs the official surrender document aboard Missouri (BB-63) while RADM Sherman stand to one side of Nimitz. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur speaks with Admiral William Halsey at the microphone. USN photo # 1480-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-63 Missouri 110k Another view of the Japanese delegation at the surrender aboard Missouri (BB-63) on 2 September 1945. USN photo # 1481-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-63 Missouri 105k The Japanese delegation receives honors as they depart Missouri (BB-63) at the conclusion of the surrender ceremonies, 2 September 1945. General Yoshijiro Umezu is in the center, saluting. Photographed by Lieutenant Barrett Gallagher, USNR, from atop Missouri's forward 16-inch gun turret. Note photographers on platforms in the background, band in the lower left and "seahorse" insignia on the shoulder by the Marine in lower right. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-472629, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 537k Surrender of Japan, 2 September 1945. Navy carrier planes fly in formation over the U.S. and British fleets in Tokyo Bay during surrender ceremonies. Missouri (BB-63), where the ceremonies took place, is at left. Detroit (CL-8) is in the right distance. Aircraft include TBM, F6F, SB2C and F4U types. Text from USNHC # 80-G-421130.
Photo # HD-SN-99-03029, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri 38k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Robert Taylor, entitled "Victory Flyover".
The mass flyover Tokyo Bay, 1945 heralding the Surrender on board Missouri (BB-63).
Text and drawing courtesy of naval-art.com
BB-63 Missouri 43k Navy carrier aircraft from Task Force 38 fly in formation over Missouri (BB-63), in center, and other U.S. and British naval vessels in Tokyo Bay, during the surrender ceremonies in the morning of 2 September 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # SC 211863, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 86k USAAF B-29 bombers fly in formation over Missouri (BB-63), during the surrender ceremonies, 2 September 1945. Photographed from on board the ship, looking up past her forward superstructure, which is crowded with spectators and photographers. Photograph SC # 211875, from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri654kView of the Missouri (BB-63) taken during the Surrender Ceremony in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945. Image taken by Ted H. Lambert, from his B-29 Superfortress. Photo courtesy of his son via Robert Hurst.
Photo added 11/10/14.
BB-63 Missouri 264k Spectators and correspondents from all over the world pick vantage positions on the deck of the USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay to watch the formal Japanese surrender ceremony marking the end of World War II. AP Photo by Frank Filan courtesy of the denverpost.com via Ronald Norford, whose brother, Robert Nelson Norford, F1/C, USNR was lost on the Escolar(SS-294).
BB-63 Missouri 111k Spectators and photographers crowd Missouri's (BB-63) superstructure to witness the formal ceremonies marking Japan's surrender, 2 September 1945. The framed flag in lower right is that hoisted by Commodore Matthew C. Perry on 14 July 1853, in Yedo (Tokyo) Bay, on his first expedition to negotiate the opening of Japan. It had been brought from its permanent home in Memorial Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy for use during the surrender ceremonies. Photograph SC # 210644, from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 95k Admiral William F. Halsey and Vice Admiral John S. McCain chatting by the rail on Missouri (BB-63), after the conclusion of of the surrender ceremonies, 2 September 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-353633, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 69k Admiral William F. Halsey and Vice Admiral Vian chatting by the rail on Missouri (BB-63), after the conclusion of of the surrender ceremonies, 2 September 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-335794, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 86k Fleet Admiral Nimitz presents an award to Admiral William F. Halsey aboard the Missouri (BB-63), 2 September 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # USNHC # K-6424, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 86k Painting of Fleet Admiral Nimitz by Albert Murray. In the background are Gen. MacArthur and Admiral William F. Halsey aboard the Missouri (BB-63), 2 September 1945. Note: The artist has reversed the actual orientation of the scene. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # K-6424, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 75k Anchored in Tokyo Bay, Japan, 2 September 1945, the day that Japanese surrender ceremonies were held on her deck. Photograph SC # 210649, from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 123k Exhibit featuring copies of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender and an article, entitled The Sailor and the General, concerning preparations for the surrender ceremonies held on board Missouri (BB-63) on 2 September 1945. Photographed on board the ship, at the Bremerton, Washington, Reserve Fleet facility, 19 March 1970. Photograph USN # 1143632, from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 104k Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945, Wallet card souvenir of the occasion, issued to Lieutenant Robert L. Balfour, USNR, a member of Admiral Halsey's staff. These cards were designed by Chief Shipfitter Donald G. Droddy and produced by Missouri's (BB-63) print shop. One was issued to each man who was on board the ship on 2 September 1945, when the surrender of Japan was formalized on her decks. The cards contain the facsimile signatures of Captain Stuart S. Murray, ship's Commanding Officer, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and Admiral William F. Halsey. USNHC # NH 100856-KN, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 197k Plaque on Missouri (BB-63) commemorating the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay, 2 September, 1945. Daniel W. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri 74k Rounding the east end of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, in late September 1945. Photographed from the top of the Makalapa Administration Building. USNHC # NH 82812, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri577kThe Missouri (BB-63) as she left Pearl Harbor and sailed past Diamond Head on her way back the United States mainland after the end of World War II and the signing of the Japanese surrender on her decks on 2 September 1945. The date of this photo is 29 September 1945, as she sailed from Pearl, escorted by the destroyer Kimberly (DD-521), (not shown in this photo). Note that at this time, she has already had her hull painted solid Navy Blue, eliminating the area of Haze Grey on her bow. USN photo & text courtesy of David Buell.
BB-63 Missouri1.04kMissouri (BB-63) drew a large crowd of spectators as she passed through the Panama canal on 13 October...... US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-63 Missouri275k13 October 1945 photo showing the Missouri (BB-63) passing through the Gatun Locks en route from the Pacific Ocean to the East coast. Note the crowd gathered to view the famous ship where the surrender was signed.US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.2001.2756.072 via Mike Green.
BB-63 Missouri 127k In the Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal, 13 October 1945, while en route from the Pacific to New York City to take part in Navy Day celebrations. Note the close fit of the ship in the locks. The beam of battleships of this era was determined by Panama Canal lock dimensions. USNHC # 80-G-701369, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri247kAerial view of the Renshaw (DD-499) alongside the Missouri (BB-63) on 25 October 1945. The Renshaw is transferring President Harry Truman to the Missouri during the Navy Day celebrations held in New York City. The photo is a good aerial view of the armament layout of both ships. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2001.256.079 via Mike Green.
BB-63 Missouri 109k Crewmen paraded at quarters as the battleship steams toward New York City to participate in the Navy Day Fleet Review. Photographed in early October 1945. Note small radar antenna atop Missouri's (BB-63) armored conning tower, near the bottom of the view. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-6565, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-63 Missouri 2.90k 14 page PDF entitled "The Missourian" dated "Navy Day, 27 October 1945." The booklet has many photos, including a center spread of the Surrender Ceremonies that ended the war with Japan. PDF courtesy of Bob Carey AF2, USN.
BB-63 Missouri 71k Missouri (BB-63) off New York City during the Navy Day fleet review, circa 27 October 1945. Renshaw (DD-499), which carried President Harry S. Truman when he reviewed the assembled warships, is alongside. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 81126. Donation of Lieutenant Gustave J. Freret, USN(Retired) 1972, to the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-63 Missouri385kSailors line the deck of Missouri (BB-63) as Renshaw (DD-499) comes alongside for transfer of President Harry S. Truman during Navy Day celebrations in New York.USN photo & text courtesy of National Naval Aviation Museum via Bill Gonyo.
BB-63 Missouri3.23k"On Navy Day in 1945, a seven-mile line of U.S. Navy warships anchored in the Hudson River and some 1,200 Navy planes flew overhead in commemoration of the event."
Tugboats and U.S. Navy warships pictured in the Hudson River with the New York City skyline in the background on the occasion of Navy Day on 27 October 1945. Visible in the foreground are the anchored heavy cruisers Augusta (CA 31), Helena (CA-75), and Macon (CA-132); carriers Midway (CVB-41) and Enterprise (CV-6); and battleships Missouri (BB-63) and New York (BB-34).
USN photo & text courtesy of National Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2001.256.009.
BB-63 Missouri502kNavy Day - 27 October 1945: President Harry S. Truman joins Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet ADM Jonas H. Ingram and FADM William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to the President in examining the commemorative plaque marking the spot on the deck of Missouri (BB-63) upon which the Japanese surrender treaty was signed. In this address to a New York City audience, Truman pays tribute to the four million men and women in the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard and to the ships which carried them to victory in World War II. The President describes the need of four principal military tasks and the fundamentals of American foreign policy—all of which are directed not toward war or conquest, but rather toward a lasting peace. USN photo & text courtesy of National Naval Aviation Museum via Bill Gonyo.
BB-63 Missouri648kSeated at the same table upon which the instrument of surrender was signed in Tokyo Bay the previous month, President Harry S. Truman signs the guest log on board Missouri (BB-63) during a visit to the ship on the occasion of Navy Day, 1945. Standing behind him left to right are ADM Jonas H. Ingram, Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet, CAPT Stuart S. Murray, skipper of Missouri, Mr. Grover Whalen, chairman of the mayor's reception committee for the President, RADM William Leahy, Chief of Staff to the President, New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia (partially obscured), and Commodore James K. Vardaman, Jr., naval aide to the President. USN photo & text courtesy of National Naval Aviation Museum via Bill Gonyo.
BB-34 New York252kPresident Harry S Truman waves from the Missouri (BB-63). The New York (BB-34) is in the background and off the bowUS Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-63 Missouri140kThe Missouri (BB-63) with her name painted amidships, which was done during this period right after the war ended but only for a short time around Navy Day. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-63 Missouri 81k Captain Stuart S. Murray commanded the battleship Missouri (BB-63) from 14 May 1945 to 6 November 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-63 Missouri 54k N.Y. Governor Thomas H. Dewey and wife on Missouri (BB-63), October 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # K-6552, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-63 Missouri 58k Secretary of the Navy James Forestall is saluted as he comes abroad Missouri (BB-63), October 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # K-6546, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-63 Missouri 107k Crew members painting a decorative chart of the ship's wartime travels, on the forward bulkhead of the Wardroom, in preparation for public visits during Navy Day at New York City, 27 October 1945. Photographed some days earlier, while Missouri (BB-63) was en route from the Pacific to New York. Those present are (left to right): Signalman Third Class Jose de la Torre, Jr.; Signalman Second Class Gerald Parker and James H. Reichart, Jr. (from Muncie, Indiana). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-6582, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives. Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Michael Weidenbach, Curator, Battleship Missouri Memorial.

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