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BB-63 USS MISSOURI
2005 - Present

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 Missouri250kService members and their families walk the deck of the battleship Missouri (BB-63) in the early morning hours to attend an Easter Sunrise Service onboard the ship, 27 Mar. 2005. The inter-denominational service, conducted by Navy Region Hawaii, was open to all military personnel and their families and included inspirational worship, music from the Pacific Fleet Band and a continental breakfast. U.S. Navy photo # N-3019M-001 by Journalist 3rd Class Ryan C. McGinley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri442kAdm. Gary Roughead relieves Adm. Walter F. Doran as Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, in a ceremony pier side at the Battleship Missouri Memorial (BB-63) on Ford Island, 8 July 2005. The Pacific Fleet, the Navy's largest area of responsibility, is made up of approximately 200 ships and 1,400 aircraft, and more than 190,000 Sailors, Marines and civilians. U.S. Navy photo # N-3207B-126 by Journalist 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri269kAdm. Walter F. Doran passes through the honor side boys during the arrival of the official party at the U.S. Pacific Fleet change of command ceremony, 8 July 2005. Adm. Gary Roughead relieved Adm. Doran as Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the Navy's largest area of responsibility in a ceremony pier side at the Battleship Missouri Memorial (BB-63) on Ford Island. U.S. Navy photo # N-6775N-017 by Journalist 2nd Class Justin P. Nesbitt, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri400k Warren Paley, a former officer aboard the Fletcher-class destroyer Taylor (DD-468) and member of the National Association of Destroyer Veterans, examines the "Instrument of Surrender" document on the surrender deck of the Missouri Memorial (BB-63), 27 Aug. 2005. More than 200 "Tin Can" Sailors, some of whom helped escort Missouri into Tokyo Bay in 1945, commemorated the final days of World War II on the 60th anniversary by paying tribute to World War II destroyer and destroyer-escort veterans.U.S. Navy photo # N-3019M-002 by Journalist 3rd Class Ryan C. McGinley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri528kOver 2,500 people including hundreds of World War II veterans gathered for the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II ceremony aboard the Missouri Memorial (BB-63), 2 Sept. 2005 The event, which included more than 2,500 military personnel, veterans and invited guests, commemorated Japan's formal surrender and included a missing man fly-over of F-16s by the Hawaii National Guard, a U.S. Marine Corps rifle salute and remarks by U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander, Adm. Gary Roughead. U.S. Navy photo # N-8157C-130 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Dennis C. Cantrell, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri442kA formation of Marines assigned to Marine Forces Pacific, Hawaii perform the ceremonial "Rifle Volley Salute" during the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II held aboard the Missouri Memorial (BB-63). U.S. Navy photo # N-6775N-013 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Justin P. Nesbitt, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri126k View of the broadway looking aft on the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri201k View of the broadway looking forward on the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri132k View of the engine room # 4 on the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri162k View of the engine room # 4 on the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri114k View of the engine room # 4 on the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri138k Missouri's (BB-63) barber shop, Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri115k Laundry room of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri131k Laundry room of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri195k 5" gun control room of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri145k 16" gun control room of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri118k 16" gun control room of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri134k Repair locker of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri133k Repair locker of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri105k Supply officer's state room of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri111k XO's state room of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri123k USMC Detachment 5" mount of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri148k USMC Detachment 5" mount of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri171k Bridge/pilot house of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri123k Bridge/pilot house of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri146k Bridge/pilot house of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri104kTomahawk launcher of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri115kTomahawk launcher of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri98kMAIN Engine room #4 of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri135kMAIN Engine room #4 of the Missouri (BB-63), Nov. 2005. Courtesy of SK1(SW) Joseph A. Gless.
BB-63 Missouri177k The battleship Missouri Memorial (BB-63) is illuminated in red, white and blue for the 23rd annual Hawaii Military Appreciation Month opening ceremony. The ceremony kicked off a month-long celebration to express appreciation and “mahalo” to Hawaii’s service members for their everyday sacrifices here and abroad.U.S. Navy photo # N-6674H-033 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul D. Honnick courtesy of news.navy.mil. Photo added 04/28/08.

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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