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is 108 feet 2 inches wide and built to traverse the Panama Canal which is 110 feet wide.
Mary Margaret Truman, daughter of the then junior Senator Harry S. Truman, christened the USS
on January 29, 1944.
From its keel to the top of her mast, the USS
is as tall as a 20-story building (209 feet 3 inches tall).
Theoretical top speed for the USS
is 33 knots or almost 40 miles per hour.
has never had a combat death aboard her decks.
When the family of President Harry S. Truman was on board, they made it a practice to eat at least one meal a day with the crew in the Crew’s Mess.
has three gun turrets with three guns each. The 16-inch guns were the largest ever installed on a Navy ship.
’s big guns are aimed based upon the commands of an analog computer first designed in the 1920s.
Each gun weighs 230,000 pounds, or about as much as a space shuttle.
Two guns together weigh about as much as a fully loaded Boeing 747.
Each Navy battleship carried a detachment of Marines on board who were the ran the brig or jail.
During World War II, the USS
launched spotter seaplanes from two catapults on the stern of the ship.
and the USS
are known as the “bookends” of America’s involvement in World War II.
now hosts several military ceremonies, including re-enlistments, retirements and change of command.
was truly the end of an era. She was the very last battleship of any nation to be decommissioned.
Each turret of the USS
was manned by 77 to 110 men working in the turret and on five decks below the turret.
crew earned three battle stars in World War II and five battle stars in the Korean War.
Although it looks like one, the USS
is no longer a Navy ship. It is owned by the USS Missouri Memorial Association.
's four engine rooms can generate 212,000 horsepower moving forward and 44,000 going astern.
Three former American Presidents have boarded the Battleship Missouri: Harry S. Truman, George H. W. Bush Sr. and George W. Bush, Jr.
The total number of meals served during both active commissioning periods is approximately 40,615,000 meals.
USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization