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When I was growing up here in Washington state there were certain things we knew of about history and our surrounding area. One of them was that the famous ‘surrender’ ship USS Missouri was berthed here in Bremerton, inside (as it was then known) Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. You could see it from Navy Yard Highway as you came into town, and seeing it, you were impressed by its enormous size.
USS Missouri – (BB 63) 1987
I have a couple photos we took back in the mid 1980’s when Jim’s dad was here for a visit. He is a WWII veteran (see
Also in our party as we toured the ship was Loren’s daughter Lorrie and her son Brent, as well as our son Greg. I doubt that the two young boys had as much interest in the ship at the time as their grandfather because they had no point of reference then.
As an added bonus to this post, here is an additional photo, this one of the USS New Jersey as it looked in 1983. If my memory serves, it was stationed in California at the time at Long Beach. This Day in History – July1, 1985 the New Jersey was undergoing upkeep in Long Beach.
Sadly, the Missouri left the Bremerton area for good in 1985, but that wasn’t the last time she would see service in war time. She was reactivated in the early 1990’s to be used in the Gulf War. During one period of use her 16 inch guns fired over 800 projectiles. She was finally decommissioned in March of 1992. Her permanent berth is now adjacent to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The New Jersey is located in Camden, New Jersey
USN Ships — USS Missouri
USN Ships –USS New Jersey
Original photos in this article are owned by Carol Wilkerson
Why Can’t I Find My World War II Ancestor’s DD-214?
I learned something new today about Naval Service Discharge papers and when they were used. We are trying to get my father-in-law’s WWII medals replaced so we can put them in a nice shadow box for him. When he came home from the war his siblings were allowed to play with them and they lost some of them. These things happened and it is possible to get the medals replaced one time for free.
Jim had talked to his dad about taking his DD-214 to have it copied so we could replace the medals but he couldn’t find any document with DD-214 on them. No wonder!
As I found out this morning, before January of 1950 the government issued NAVPERS 553 documents instead. (Not mentioned in the information I found at The Naval Inspector General webpage was that a smaller card of wallet size deemed the NAVPERS 554 was also issued.)
The Sons and Daughters of WWII Veterans
An email I received today brought to my attention this site named Sons & Daughters of World War II Veterans Genealogy Society created in 2010. Here is a snippet explaining their purpose and intent.
The Sons and Daughters of World War II Veterans is a program of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation and the Nimitz Education and Research Center.
The Admiral Nimitz Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to preserve, interpret and teach the great history of World War II in the Pacific, that we may honor all those who, through leadership, exemplified by the character and service of Fleet Admiral Nimitz, courage, skill and sacrifice, won through to victory; and that future generations of Americans may be enlightened and inspired by their story. The Admiral Nimitz Foundation supports and manages the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.