The USS Missouri Memorial (the “Mighty Mo”) proudly rides at anchor in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, nest to the USS Arizona Memorial, the two marking the beginning and the end of World War II. The USS Missouri memorial opened January 29, 1999 and is one of the most popular attractions in Hawaii. You cannot help but be deeply moved by the historic significance of this great ship. She was the last battleship ever built and the biggest. She is almost 900 feet long and over 100 feet in beam and more than 200 feet in height. Each link in the 1,200-foot long chains of her two anchors weighs over 100 pounds. 17 inches of solid steel protect her citadel from which the ship’s operations were directed during battle. But even greater than her physical size is the size of her place in American history.

On June 12, 1940 the order for a faster battleship, the USS Missouri was ordered. One month after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, the keel was laid in the New York Naval Yard. January 29, 1944 the ship was launched and on June 11, 1944 the battleship was commissioned. The ship acquired the nickname “Mighty Mo” and was the last battleship to be built by the United States.

January 2 1945 The Missouri departed for combat from Pearl Harbor Hawaii. The USS Missouri saw action in World War II during the battle of Iwo Jima and Battle of Okinawa. Mighty Mo shelled the Japanese home Islands of Hokkaido and Honshu.

On September 2, 1945 on the deck of the Mighty Mo, General Douglas McArthur accepted Japan’s surrender putting an end to World War II. In 1950 Mighty Mo was sent to 1st combat operations in Korea. Mighty Mo helped in shore bombardment at Somchok, Korea. After the Korean War she was decommissioned and in 1971 The USS Missouri was added to the national register of Historic places.

In 1986 the ship was decommissioned in San Francisco, California pier 32 and sent on a world tour. Thin in 1991, she was sent to the Persian Gulf to protect American-flagged oil tankers near the Straits of Hormuz, and she launched 28 Tomahawk missiles against Iraqi positions in Baghdad and Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. Her final operational mission was to sail into Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1991, the 50th anniversary of the United States entry into World War II. In 1992 Mighty Mo was decommissioned a second time and in 1995 she was removed from the Navy’s ship registry, enabling her to be donated by the Navy for preservation as The USS Missouri Memorial museum.


Adult - $14.00
Child - $7.00
Military & Kama’aina-$10.00
children $5.00

Tickets must be purchased at the bowfin memorial.

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