On this weekend last year, Boy Scout Troop 97 participated in the USS Missouri Campout. They stayed overnight on board the Mighty Mo!
USS Missouri (BB-63) ("Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") is a United States Navy Iowa-class battleship, and was the third ship of the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouriwas the last battleship built by the United States, and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.
Missouri was ordered in 1940 and commissioned in June 1944. In the Pacific Theater of World War II she fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and shelled the Japanese home islands, and she fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. She was decommissioned in 1955 into the United States Navy reserve fleets (the "Mothball Fleet"), but reactivated and modernized in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan, and provided fire support during Operation Desert Storm in January/February 1991.
|The above plaque commemorates the place where the|
Japanese surrendered on September 2 1945.
|During the Battle of Okinawa, a Japanese Zero|
engaged in a Kamikaze attack.
|Mighty Mo's guns shot down the pilot.|
The ship's captain gave the pilot a burial at sea.
|The radar scopes ....|
|.... with the light turned off.|
|Memorabilia from the ship's legacy.|
|Hawaii would become the Mo's retirement home.|
|Notice the Arabic 7 Up can!|
|The ship's final cruise before retirement.|
|Can you imagine manually typing battle messages?|
|The campout included dinner in the chow hall.|
|Set menu to feed a large group of sailors, er, Scouts.|
|Hubby and youngest enjoy dinner.|
|Mugs from the crew.|
|Hubby is taking picture of a two way mirror.|
|Mighty Mo is moored on Ford Island, |
giving her a panoramic view of the Naval Yard.
Above is a Canadian ship leaving port.
|No doubt the Canadian sailors are sad to leave Hawaii.|
|We go to an extra large photo to show the Canadian sailors|
"manning the rails" to respect the USS Arizona.
|After dinner, the Scouts perform Retreat.|
|My older son is far right.|
|They fold the flag under the canopy.|
|Time for bed with the youngest ....|
|... oldest ....|
|In the morning, the Girl and Boy Scouts |
raised the flag.
Have you toured a ship or a sub? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs will win a book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, March 3, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winners on Sunday, March 4.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about the USS Missouri, check out its website at www.ussmissouri.org.
|The beginning and ending of WWII -|
USS Arizona and USS Missouri.