Bonner, Kit & Carolyn: USS Missouri at War
Book Number: 003118
Zenith Press 2008 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall New book, 159 pages, 130+ photos. The USS Missouri was the last of ten battleships completed in the early 1940s and the last battleship commissioned in the U.S. Navy. In 1945 alone, "Mighty Mo" escorted the Pacific Fleet's fast carrier force to the launch point of the first airstrikes against Japan since the famed Doolittle raid in 1942; supported the two Iwo Jima invasion landings; and bombarded Okinawa, repelling a dozen daylight raids and four night attacks in the process. During that year, she also survived a kamikaze hit, launching a hunter-killer operation that sank a Japanese submarine, and bombarded Kyushu and several industrial targets on the Japanese home islands. After being called upon again to fight in the Korean War, she was decommissioned into the U.S. Navy reserve fleets. She was reactivated and modernised in 1984 and participated in the 1991 Gulf War. Missouri was decommissioned a final time on Marche 31, 1992, having earned a total of eleven battle stars for service in World War II, Korea, and the Persian Gulf.