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what it was like to live on the USS Missouri
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1/21/2013 6:53:12 AM
To: CJRrotc
I know its 10 years later....but my uncle has extensive notes during his time on board 1945. We will be doing a screen play with them and may be interested in what you have, depending on the timeframe. Reply to or to my personal email on this post.
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John Shelton
3/17/2005 5:55:24 AM
I can tell you that if you were in 3rd division and slept anywhere near BM1 Williams you needed ear plugs. Boy could he snore! He made Cheif right before I left the ship. Boy I was glad to see him move to the cheif's berthing!:D

John Shelton,
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4/27/2004 7:39:57 PM
I know this is probably pretty late for your research, however I can give you a little background. I served on board during the Gulf War 1990-1992. In our division we had three seperate berthing compartments. Racks were stacked three high with the bottom being tricable, (you could lift it off the deck so cleaning could be conducted underneath.) You had an additional locker like the High School kind you have now that you could put additional items in and our racks were actually coffin lockers. (they lifted open with compartments for storing stuff inside.) Not all the racks were like this though, some of the top racks were just slabs. The ship was stable even during our last trip to Hawaii we hit a pretty rough storm and took some pretty good rolls but nothing compared with a Destroyer or Frigate. The most amazing thing was when we fired the guns. The five inch were loud, but the 16 inch guns were amazing. The overhead lights would flicker and your Chief could tell if your space was clean because if you didn't dust the overhead the dust bunnies would come crashing down and field day would usually be held after securing from gunnery excercises. We had a picture taken when conducting a broad side which a real broadside consists of all Sixteen inch and all five inch guns (on one side) firing simultaneously. The time lapse taken, showed the ship actually moved in the water by about a good ten to fifteen feet, estimated. We had the close in weapons system which looks like a robot used to shoot down, well... close in weapons. The cover to this thing would always fly off during work ups for the Gulf War and I always felt sorry for the guy who must have hated having to hunt that cover down bolt it back down, it sometimes got a pretty impressive arc to it. We even had field day during the war, believe it or not, the idea was clean it once and then we can clean it again. My first year onboard was spent cleaning, because the Ship was constantly getting visitors. When we returned home from the Gulf War we had visitors for days lined up to see the ship, which was pretty much normal every where we went. The ship design is incredible and could not be done in todays modern Navy, it would cost too much to build and ships were stronger back then, built to withstand direct attacks from conventional warfare. You never will find a safer place. The bridge contained the "Citadel" a virtual fortress of steel and armor plating that was built as a cylinder to house the essential personnel and equipment. The galley was huge, there were two serving lines, one that served basically fast food type foods, either sliders hot dogs chicken sandwiches, those kind of things the other line serving more conventional meals. I worked on the JUICE BAR during my mess cranking duties and would mix huge vats of "BUG JUICE" in these big silver containers. We had milk machines and soda machines and even a ships store with uniform stuff and Geedunk otherwise known as candy and junk food. The hot items were the lighters and ball caps, a young sailor could pretty much trade for anything you might desire overseas for a lighter and ball cap. I remember in Thailand a guy almost got a spider monkey for a ball cap and even had it with him, but we talked him out of trying sneak a monkey on board, our Master Chief would have keelhauled us all. So get to the point, life on the Missouri was the life of a proud US NAVY Sailor, who worked hard but loved knowing his ship was the biggest parked off that shore in the distance, also knowing it as home. Most of us were young men, I started my Naval Career on board this ship and would have served an entire 20 if they would have kept it active. I am proud to have served on board as the history of this ship is unlike any other. To look at that surrender plaque and know that the Japanese had to come on board that ship in TOKYO BAY is just an incredible event. I salute every sailor that ever sailed on board any Naval Vessel, it takes a strong mind and body to be able to keep up, but I will always be especially fond of the sailor that served on board this fine vessel. They have the honor of knowing they served on board a ship with a rich history of success. I am now a recruiter for the US NAVY stationed in Glendale. On my wall there are posters and pictures and memorobilia from the USS MISSOURI that my recruits will sometimes send or my wife will locate because she is a good wife. Every young sailor I recruit I have them look at the pictures I have so they will know a real ship when they see it and feel that respect that USS MISSOURI Sailors will always have for that fine vessel. She is a marvel of engineering virtually unpenetrable, and definitely imposing. I think that most countries that are feeling froggy would think twice with the USS MISSOURI parked off their coast. I served on board two other ships and have completed five overseas tours (WEST PAC DEPLOYMENTS), but the one I remember most is the one on the USS MISSOURI. I will retire someday as hopefully a Chief and I hope to visit her again when I finally put on those Khakis. I hear and see e mails of people saying she is rusting and getting pretty bad, we had a crew size of 800 to keep her clean, I can only imagine the task with the few personnel they have there in Hawaii avalable to service her. No matter what though, in the pictures I see of her now, is the underlying sense of pride when you see those guns and immediately recognize the outline. As bad as she may ever get, she is still the proudest ship I will ever know and I salute all those who served aboard her. I hope this helped.


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2/16/2004 5:36:11 AM
I lived in H Division Berthing, right next to the filter shop, it was quite an adjustment for a polywog and it took weeks to get used to the bang and clang of armoured doors shifting back and forth on hinges when we werent at condition Zebra. I went to the gulf with her and I have fond memories, like an old Cadillac she need constant care and upkeep, but she shined so beautifully in the morning sun. I miss the old girl.

Edited by: HM2(sw/ss)JEFFREY FALLANG 2/17/2004 1:38:49 AM
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2/10/2004 8:21:52 AM
I served aboard this proud ship from 1952 to 1954.In the Korean War.
Being aboard this ship was like living in a small town or village. ( I think the ship's compliment was 2800 men.)We had everything that we needed, good food, soda fountain, hobby shop, laundry (even a Brig.) Of course back then no women were serving aboard.Even in Korea we had hot meals most of the times unlike our fellow Marines and Army that were fighting ashore. (Thank you Guys.)
I hope this gives you a little insight on your research.

All the Best,

Bill Stansbury, SN 7th Div.:D:D
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2/2/2004 6:12:32 AM
I am from West Mesa High School. I am doing a project on the USS Missouri. For my research paper I needed to know what it was like to live on the USS Missouri?