Some Interesting Facts

 

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  The Missouri is almost as long as three football fields, has 844 doors, 90 miles of piping,  4,300,000 feet of welding, 1,185,000 rivets, 15,000 valves and 900 electric motors, 852 manholes and 161 hatches.  In the design phase over 175 tons of blueprint paper were used!

 

 

  The design of the Missouri consumed over 430,000 man-days and its construction required over 3,300,000 man-days.

 

 

  What does the USS Missouri's designation BB-63 mean? 'BB' stands for Battleship and '63' means the Missouri is the United States' 63rd battleship.

 

 

  The Mighty Mo received three battle stars for World War II service and five battle stars for Korean War service. 

 

 

  The Missouri carried approximately 22,000 enlisted men over the entire course of her naval service. 

 

  The Missouri was the last battleship commissioned by the United States.

 

 

  President Truman, while sailing on the Missouri from Rio de Janeiro to Norfolk, Virginia in September 1948, temporarily lifted the Navy's ban on drinking hard liquor so he could enjoy his bourbon during the voyage.  

 

 

  The Missouri's three sets of 16-inch guns could hurl projectiles that are equivalent in weight to a Volkswagen (2,700 pounds) and accurately hit a target 23 miles away. 

 

 

  The Missouri's teak deck covers over 53,000 square feet and cost to replace one teak plank is $600.

 

 

  What happened to the remains of the Japanese Kamikaze pilot who crashed into the Missouri?  A ceremony took place with a burial at sea.  Captain Callahan held this service not to honor the achievements or values of the pilot but instead to pay tribute to his sense of honor, his willingness to die in combat and his warrior ethics.

 

 

  Two months after the war, while docked at her Hudson River berth in New York City, she was boarded by 60,000 sightseeing school children in a single day.  The children did so much damage to the ship that she had to go to the Navy Yard for repairs.

 

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