The USS Missouri will sail into Post Offices across the nation this week.
The Postal Service is
marking the 75th anniversary of the battleship’s 1944 commissioning with a
stamp that will be released today, June 11.
USS Missouri (BB-63),
the last U.S. Navy battleship, made history when she hosted high-ranking
military officials from the United States, the Allied powers, and the Empire of
Japan in a surrender ceremony that ended World War II in September 1945.
Commissioned on June
11, 1944, “Mighty Mo” played an integral role in the final defeat of Imperial
Japan — most notably providing support for the capture of the islands of Iwo
Jima and Okinawa.
Following World War II,
Missouri made deployments to the Mediterranean as a show of support for free
nations under threat from communism and demonstrated her deterrent value.
In 1950, in response to
the North Korean invasion of South Korea, Missouri provided support to U.S. and
United Nations ground forces.
decommissioned in 1955 and serving the next 30 years as part of the Pacific
Reserve Fleet, she was brought back into service in 1986. Missouri was deployed
to the Persian Gulf and supported U.S. and Allied ground forces in liberating
Kuwait in 1990 and 1991.
On March 31, 1992,
Missouri was decommissioned for the second and final time. “Mighty Mo” now
rests at the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor, HI, near the USS