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Sailor’s reflections on the day of infamy

The enduring legacy of the U.S.S. Missouri

Vietnam War Navy veteran Virgil Johnson, right, and his wife, Marilyn, at Pearl Harbor. The U.S.S. Missouri, and Pearl Harbor memorials can be seen behind them in the harbor. (Submitted photo)

By Liz Johnson, Staff Writer

Seventy-six years after Pearl Harbor, a ship named after the Show-Me state that was involved in ending World War II has found a home in Pearl Harbor and is undergoing a $3 million dollar renovation.

The Show-Me ship

On Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay, representatives of the Allied and Axis powers met on the USS Missouri to sign an agreement through which peace could be achieved. The signing came nearly a full four years after the devastating bombing of Pearl Harbor.

This October, local Vietnam veteran Virgil Johnson and his wife, Marilyn, visited Pearl Harbor and toured the USS Missouri.

Nicknamed the Mighty Mo, the Missouri was the third United States Navy ship to be named after our state. It was a huge ship at more than 887 feet long. Its width, or beam, is more than 108 feet. It held 158 weapons and its canons were 16 inches in diameter.

The complete story is in the Friday, December 8, 2017 Richmond News.

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