For years USS Missouri[BB-63], the site of Japan's surrender to the Allies, has been moored in Pearl Harbor at USS Nevada's December 7th, 1941 spot on Battleship row just before the USS Arizona Memorial, her bow faces USS Arizona watching over those interred aboard the sunk battleship. Symbolizing the beginning and the end of American involvement in World War II and to honor all those who died serving their country. During her time of service, BB-63 earned eleven Battle Stars in WWII, Korea, and the Persian Gulf.
And finally USS Wisconsin[BB-64] is set to become a museum ship. Winner of six Battle Stars in WWII and Korea, Wisconsin will be docked in Norfolk, VA for tours. During the Persian Gulf War, both Wisconsin and Missouri entered the firing line to provide fire support. Which might be the final time any battleship has fired its main battery. Both battleships also launched Tomahawk cruise missiles during this time.
And if one thinks the age of the battleship is truly over, even for these 60 year old Queens of the Seas, there is always a chance of reactivation for two of these fine ships: Iowa and Wisconsin. Right now there is legislation that forbids the museums from altering either ship to prevent reactivation.
This post is for AndyJ. Thanks.