WAR AT SEA: Rotation for the Big Mo

Early in 1944 Margaret Truman, daughter of Missouri's Senator Harry S. Truman, christened the battleship Missouri. The "Big Mo," as the ship came to be called, displaced 45,000 tons, had a top speed over 30 knots, a deadly main battery of nine 16-inch rifles. She first fired her guns in anger at Iwo Jima and Okinawa ; before the war ended, she had been hit by a Japanese suicide plane (but suffered no casualties and slight damage). On her broad deck, in 1945, the Japanese signed their surrender. By 1948 the Missouri...

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