A Minor Blemish on a Major Ship

A couple days back, the Homes for Heroes blog admired a spectacular photo depicting the USS Harry S. Truman skidding across the ocean, (rest assured, a ‘controlled’ skidding) as it embarked on a tight turn during sea trials.

In keeping with the naval theme, we thought we should show a little love for one of USS Harry S. Truman’s sisters in the fleet, “Mighty Mo,” the legendary battleship USS Missouri.

The USS Missouri was commissioned in June 1944 as WWII raged on in the Pacific. She saw action during the historic battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. She was also utilized during the Korean War and again 38 years later in Operation Desert Storm. The venerable ship was finally decommissioned in 1992.

Arguably the most interesting fact about “Mighty Mo” is the story behind how she got the identifying dent on her starboard side. On April 11, 1945 a Japanese kamikaze flew his plane directly into the side of the Missouri. The battleship took the blow like a champ, suffering only minor damage. However, the impact left a prominent dent that can still be seen to this day.

Just further evidence that the nickname “Mighty Mo” is a fitting moniker indeed!

Read more: “USS Missouri (BB-63)” on Wikipedia

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