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    Posted 2 years ago

    Newfld
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    Since seeing all your lovely war era remembrance photo albums, I decided to show some pix & postcards I made into a mini album from the visit my husband and I made to the then-recently docked impressive battleship the USS Missouri, BB 63, in Pearl Harbor Hawaii. This ship was famous for the signing of the peace treaty with Japan ending WW2 on 9/2/46, the postcard shows Fleet Adm Nimitz signing, behind him Gen MacArthur and Adms Halsey & Sherman. Our photos show our walking tour (It could be guided or not, we chose non-guided as my late uncle had been briefly stationed on this ship, & we wanted to see some of his fond memories ourselves). The memorial to the tragic USS Arizona stands right near the Missouri. We walked up & down the very narrow, steep steps to all floors, finding with amusement the pool room my uncle had told us about for the mens recreation, though I didn't see the barber shop he also had mentioned. Officers jackets were preserved in cases, the mens bunk beds as they were, copies of other countries representatives signing the treaty, as well as a raised bubble over a bronze plaque at the very spot of the treaty signing. I signed my uncle's name in a guest comment book, noting that he had served on the Missouri, of which he was extremely proud all his life. The little photo album was purchased in Hawaii, the old painting called Girl With Ukelele.
    My husband, ever the clown, thought it was funny to peer into one of the huge guns - hey, do I smell gunpowder lol

    Comments

    1. purvis purvis, 2 years ago
      Got to love the clowns . Where would we be with out a few clowns ?
    2. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 2 years ago
      How exciting it must have been touring this old ship !! I bet your uncle had a very good day ! :)
    3. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Thank you for the kind comment purvis, that's my husband, always clowning around - doubt he would try that if the guns were loaded!

      Ken, it was a great day for touring, bright and sunny. And indeed I did feel my uncle's spirit with us as we walked in his steps - he had only passed away a year or so before, and would have so enjoyed seeing his beloved Missouri again

      Thank you for the love & comments
      purvis
      Ken
      Adele
    4. Brunswick Brunswick, 2 years ago
      Hello New York and Good Morning!!!
      Wonderful History here! We have the U.S.S. Alabama here.
      T.
    5. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 2 years ago
      These are fantastic photos and a wonderful narrative, too, about your experiences. Thank you for your uncle's service.

      T, we would see the U.S.S. Alabama docked in Mobile Bay when we lived in MS and traveled to AL or beyond.
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      I notice the rising sun flag in the row of flags leading up to the ship. Seems out of place.
    7. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Thank you Thomas & Laura for the great kind comments, I tried to give everyone a feel for what it's like visiting a huge battleship, esp one with such a proud history. I'll bet the USS Alabama is a beautiful ship as well, you can feel the power onboard, these ships that helped win the war

      I know BB2, it's hard for people to lose the resentment, but the Missouri did the treaty signing in Tokyo Bay, and as well every Pearl Harbor Day for years now the Japanese & American vets come together in HI to preach peace, I think we can forgive but never ever forget the horrors of that war

      Many thanks all for the love & kind comments
      Thomas
      Laura
      Tlsweat
      BB2
      TimeT
    8. TimeTraveller TimeTraveller, 2 years ago
      I toured the “Mighty Mo” back in 2002. I also went over to the USS Arizona Memorial. I remember seeing that plaque where the treaty was signed.
    9. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      That would be a great ship to visit. It was a great ship.
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Great pics Jenni!! What an awesome trip that must have been for you and your hubby.
    11. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      How great that you also took the Mighty Mo tour TimeT, wasn't it fun, how about those narrow ladder-like steps, I thought, built for young slender servicemen lol. It's great you also got to see the Arizona memorial, that museum must've been fantastic

      Fort you were the first CW friend I told about this little excursion on one of your ship posts, then as now I thank you for your kind words and appreciation

      Thank you Scott, it really was a great day for us, like going back to a forties time capsule, and made me feel really close to my uncle who was a great guy

      Your loves & comments are really heartfelt today, I thank you
      Anik
      MrsT
      fort
      Scott
    12. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Thank you so much for the luv Vet and iggy it's greatly appreciated
    13. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Greatly appreciate the loves all & glad you enjoyed
      buckethead
      Phil
      MyCountry
      Judy
      Roy
    14. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Glad you enjoyed this KKK, thanks so much for the luv
    15. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Very pleased you enjoyed my battleship tour Sean, thanks so much
    16. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Grateful for the luv & support Anna and KKK
    17. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Thank you for the luv & kind support Rose
    18. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Appreciate the love Austin_p1, many thanks
    19. dlpetersen, 2 years ago
      These are great, my father was stationed in Hawaii during WW2 in the Army.
    20. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Dlpetersen I enjoyed your comment about your dad's time in HI during WW2, I'm sure he had many fond memories of being stationed there (unless God forbid he was there on Pearl Harbor Day), as my uncle always remembered how beautiful it was. I could hardly believe when he told me they were allowed to bunk at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel until I read recently it was true - nice digs!
    21. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 12 months ago
      A cousin of mine lives in Hawaii, so whenever a family member comes over, she takes them to Pearl Harbor. Such a tragic part of our history...must of been quite humbling, so many of our soldiers lost :(
      Thank you for the Tribute, we can never forget.....
    22. Newfld Newfld, 12 months ago
      Thanks Eileen for the wonderful compassionate comment, indeed it must have been horrible for all those caught in the attack - I found it too disturbing to go on the Arizona memorial which is beside the USS Missouri, knowing that below you is the actual sunken ship where the poor sailors lost their lives, so much tragedy on that fateful day :(
    23. Newfld Newfld, 12 months ago
      Thanks yougottahavestuff and Eileen for the very kind love of my Pearl Harbor tribute, very much appreciated

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