Timeline of the battleship, USS Missouri (BB-63):

1941
January 6: Battleship receives keel-laying ceremony at the Brooklyn Navy Yard


1944
January 29: Battleship launched and christened by Margaret Truman

June 11: Ship commissioned as the USS Missouri.

August: Missouri underway on Shakedown cruise

November: En route to Pacific

December 24: Moored (anchored) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii


1945
February: USS Missouri underway with Task Group 58.2 in support of air strikes against Tokyo

February - March: Missouri provides support for the land invasion of Iwo Jima

March: Underway in Task Group 58.4 for air strikes against Kyushu

March - May: Underway in Task Group 58.4 in support of the Okinawa operation

April 11: Struck by a kamikaze with minimal damage

April 12: The Japanese pilot aboard the kamikaze receives a military burial at sea

May - June: Underway with Task Group 38.4 in support of the Okinawa operation,

July: Underway with Task Unit 34.8.2 in bombardment of Hokkaido and Honshu

September 2: Japan formally surrenders to the United States, ending World War II

October - November: Participates in Navy Day celebrations in New York

December: Dry-docked at Brooklyn Navy Yard


1946
May - October: USS Missouri moored and underway for training exercises

October 27: Moored at Pier Ninety, New York City, for Navy Day celebration

November - December: Participated in cold-weather exercises in Davis Strait, Greenland


1947
January - August: USS Missouri moored and underway for training exercises in Caribbean

September: Enroute from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Norfolk Naval Shipyard with President Harry S. Truman and his Family aboard

September 11: Crew members hold a “Crossing the Line” initiation for President Truman

September - December: Dry-docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard


1948
January - March: USS Missouri moored at Brooklyn Navy Yard and underway for training exercises

April - May: Moored and underway for training exercises in Caribbean

June - August: Underway for midshipman training cruise to Europe and Caribbean

August - October: Alternately moored and underway for training exercises

November: Participated in cold-weather exercises near Davis Strait, Greenland

December 4: President Truman, Missouri Governor Philip Matthew Donnelly and

Secretary of the Navy John L. Sullivan aboard for presentation of the Missouri's silver service by the State


1949
January - March: USS Missouri moored or underway for training exercises in Caribbean

April - May: Underway for Naval Reservist’s training cruise in Caribbean

May - July: Underway for midshipman training cruise to Europe and Caribbean

August – September: Underway for second midshipman training cruise in Caribbean


1950
January 17: USS Missouri runs hard aground off Virginia

February: Dry-docked for repairs following grounding

May – July: Underway for midshipman cruise

August 19: Departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard for first Korean War deployment

September – October: Provided shore bombardment support for UN Forces at Inchon

December: Provided shore bombardment support during UN evacuation at Hungnam


1951
January - March: USS Missouri underway in operating area off the coast of Korea, providing shore bombardment support for UN forces ashore

May 31 – July 27: Underway for midshipman training cruise to Europe and Caribbean

July 27 – September 3: Underway for second midshipman training cruise to Caribbean


1952
January – March: USS Missouri moored and underway for training exercises

June – August: Underway for midshipman cruise to Europe and Caribbean

September 11: Underway for second Korean War deployment

October 25 – December 31: Underway along the coast of Korea, conducting shore bombardment operations in support of UN forces ashore


1953
January 1 – March 25: USS Missouriunderway along the coast of Korea, conducting shore bombardment operations in support of UN forces ashore

March 26: After completing his final mission, Captain Edsall dies of a heart attack while entering port at Sasebo, Japan

June - August: Conducted midshipman cruise, visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Colon, Panama; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1954
June-August: USS Missouri underway for midshipman cruise, which includes joint operations by all four Iowa Class battleships and visits to Lisbon, Portugal; Cherbourg, France; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1955
February 26: Decommissioned and placed in mothballs at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard


1971
USS Missouri named to the Register of Historic Places in the State of Washington


1984-86
Ship modernized and re-activated


1986
May 10: USS Missouri re-commissioned

September - December: Underway for around the world Shakedown Cruise


1987
September-November: Underway in support of Operation Earnest Will


1991
January: USS Missouri underway in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Shield

January 17: First to fire Tomahawk missiles as Operation Desert Storm begins

December 7, 1991: Participates in Operation Remembrance, the 50th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack


1992
March 31: Decommissioned for the second and final time.


1995
USS Missouri removed from the Navy's ship registry


1996
USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc. is selected for donation of the decommissioned battleship


1998
June 21: Missouri arrives off Waikiki


1999
January 29: USS Missouri Memorial opens to the public at Pearl Harbor

 

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