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Decommissioning of USS Missouri

Decommissioning of USS Missouri

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Updated March 8, 2023
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The Last Battleship

In June 1944, the USS Missouri was commissioned into the United States Navy, near the conclusion of World War II. The battleship was part of other conflicts such as Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, before its scheduled decommissioning in 1992. This was significant because it was the last battleship commissioned before it was replaced by modern destroyers.

USS Missouri

Her Final Voyage

In December of 1991, fifty years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Missouri returned to Oahu Naval Base for the 50th-anniversary commemoration. Four months later, the crew was given their final instructions on March 31, 1992. The list of tasks was short, and included a letter from the ship’s Commanding Officer, Captain A. Lee Kaiss, who praised the crew and their time together.


Haul Down The Colors

The ceremony attracted special guests such as Command Master Chief Timothy Hofman, Chaplain Lieutenant John Grenham, and Missouri State Representative Ike Skelton. After Grenham gave a speech, Kaiss issued the final order, directing the Executive Officer Captain Ken Jordan to “haul down the colors.” All those attending the ceremony received a commemorative program, which listed the officers, chief petty officers, and crew who were the last to serve aboard the battleship.


Why Is the Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor?

The Battleship Missouri is at Pearl Harbor because it serves as a significant symbol of the end of World War II and complements the historical narrative presented there. On September 2, 1945, aboard the USS Missouri, the Instrument of Surrender was signed, officially concluding World War II. Despite the Missouri being commissioned in 1944, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, its presence at Pearl Harbor carries deep symbolic importance.

The location is not just a remembrance of the tragic attack on December 7, 1941, but also a comprehensive journey through the timeline of the war. While the USS Arizona Memorial marks the beginning of the conflict for the United States, the Battleship Missouri represents its culmination, memorializing the end of the war, the sacrifices made, and hope for a peaceful future. Visitors to Pearl Harbor can experience this timeline, from understanding the events leading to the attack to witnessing the exact spot where the war concluded on the Missouri.

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