Battleship Missouri: An Illustrated History

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Fifty years after the end of World War II comes the first complete history of the USS Missouri, site of the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945. This book traces the story of the Missouri - the last of the U.S. Navy's fifty-seven battleships and the most technically advanced - from her keel-laying in 1941 through the ship's successful participation in the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Author Paul Stillwell was on the Missouri's final voyage to Hawaii, shortly before her decommissioning in 1992, and interviewed ...
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Fifty years after the end of World War II comes the first complete history of the USS Missouri, site of the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945. This book traces the story of the Missouri - the last of the U.S. Navy's fifty-seven battleships and the most technically advanced - from her keel-laying in 1941 through the ship's successful participation in the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Author Paul Stillwell was on the Missouri's final voyage to Hawaii, shortly before her decommissioning in 1992, and interviewed "Desert Storm" veterans still on board. Subsequently, he talked to dozens of other men who served on the Missouri's crew during her long and illustrious history. Combining those interviews - more than 100 altogether - with records in the Naval Historical Center, National Archives, Harry S. Truman Library, and other repositories, Stillwell has produced an engrossing portrait of the ship and her crew. Readers have a sense of being right on board as history was being made in World War II. They are also treated to an up-close view of the 1946 trip to the Mediterranean that planted the seed for the Sixth Fleet, President Truman's involvement with the ship, the Korean War, midshipman cruises, the warship's modernization in the 1980s after a long period in mothballs, an around-the-world cruise, and finally, her presence in the Persian Gulf. Among the many fascinating stories to be found here is the tale of a midshipman who gained a personal audience with Winston Churchill during a 1949 cruise to England, a crew member's description of winning a million-dollar state lottery, an account of President Truman's lifting the ban on drinking so he could enjoy his bourbon while visiting the Missouri, an explanation of why the ship just missed participating in the invasion of Inchon, Korea, and a Japanese participant's reaction to General Douglas MacArthur's speech at the surrender ceremony. Some 370 photographs enhance that narrative to give the reader a complete picture
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Traces the history of the Missouri--the last of the US Navy's 57 battleships and the most technically advanced--from her keel-laying in 1941 through her successful participation in the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Draws on interviews with dozens of men who served on the Missouri (the author was one of them), along with archive research, to present a detailed narrative. Abundantly illustrated with b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557507808
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Birth of a Battleship: January 1941-February 1945 1
2 Victory in Combat: February-August 1945 27
3 The Surrender: August-September 1945 49
4 Homecoming: September 1945-March 1946 75
5 Postwar Diplomat: March 1946-September 1947 99
6 Training Ship: September 1947-December 1949 121
7 Aground: December 1949-May 1950 145
8 The Korean War Begins: June 1950-April 1951 165
9 Midshipmen and More Korea: June 1951-May 1953 191
10 The Long Farewell: June 1953-February 1955 215
11 Mothballs: February 1955-May 1984 237
12 Around the World: May 1984-December 1986 249
13 With the Fleet Again: January 1987-June 1990 273
14 Desert Storm: June 1990-May 1991 305
15 The Last Battleship: May 1991-Summer 1995 331
A Chronology 1944-1955, 1984-1992 351
B Commanding Officers 387
C Ship's Data 389
D The Surrender Signers 411
Notes 413
Sources 429
Index 435
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