Starting at the beginning of WWII for the US at the USS Arizona, to see the Missouri where it ended, as it overlooks and protects the Arizona is quite touching.
My Grandfather (RIP) was Shore Patrol for the Navy at Pearl in WWII, so being here on Veteran's Day was tearful and wonderful.
The Missouri is immaculate, and from my old days in the Navy made me remember many things like how to board a ship, GQ, and all the fun of being a shipmate. But seeing the Teak deck, the spot where the Declaration of Peace Treaty was signed, (both the US and JAP versions are here!) also to see in the Officer dining area a large Missouri State symbol was on the wall, aparently Harry S Truman was adamant about placing items around the ship that reflected the Show Me State.
To see what was outfitted on here for the 1st Gulf War was amazing, Tomahawk Cruise missiles and the CIWS (R2-D2) gatling guns that track incoming objects shows really how the 1st gulf war wasn't so long ago, it wouldn't take much in the way of armament to get her battle ready again. As she sits overlooking the Arizona, many fantastic pics can be taken here.
We also saw four F-22 Raptors come in to land at Hickam Joint Forces base, WOW!
A Veteran's Day I will not soon forget!
GO SEE THE USS Missouri!!
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