Alright- here is Part III from Anne over at 500 Places with Kids! If you missed out on her first two make sure to check them out too! A HUGE thank you to Anne who has spent so much time making these really great informative posts on some very historical in America!
History in Hawaii, Part III: The USS Missouri
Visiting Pearl Harbor is a unique experience for kids because in one place, they are able to not only visit the beginning and middle of American involvement in World War II, but they can also visit the END.
The USS Missouri was commissioned in 1944 and named after then Vice-President’s Truman’s home state. It didn’t see much action during World War II, but the “Mighty Mo” will forever be famous because it was the location where General Douglas MacArthur received Japan’s unconditional surrender on September 2, 1945.
Reachable via shuttle bus from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, touring the USS Missouri requires a separate ticket. Although audio guides are available, we took a guided tour led by a former Coast Guard chief.
You cross Friendship Bridge with its flags from all fifty states and then head on board the massive ship.
While touring the ship, you’ll see the sight of the Japanese surrender (where according to our guide, General MacArthur made them wait in the hot sun for a long time before the documents were actually signed).
Also on board the USS Missouri, you’ll see the large guns that could fire projectiles 23 MILES and where she was armed with Tomahawk missiles used in Operation Desert Storm.
Spending a day at Pearl Harbor should be high on any family’s list on “must-see” activities when visiting Hawaii. Where else can you see the ships and planes that played such an important part of the beginning….the middle…and the end of World War II?
-Anne Patrone is a SAHM of two boys who enjoys traveling and blogging about her family’s adventures as they explore the world. Please stop by and visit her blog at http://www.500placeswithkids.blogspot.com/