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USS Missouri Memorial

Aiea, Hawaii, United States

About USS Missouri Memorial

The USS Missouri Memorial was a World War II battleship and the site where Japan officially surrendered to the Allies by signing the 'Instrument of Surrender' on 2 September 1945. Today, it is docked at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Launched on 29 January 1944, the USS Missouri (BB-63) – often known as the 'Mighty Mo' – was an Iowa class battleship. Even considering her creation near the end of the war, USS Missouri still managed to take part in a number of significant Allied operations in the Pacific, in particular the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

The USS Missouri would serve again in the Korean War, in the Middle East as part of Operation Ernest Will (accompanying oil tankers in the North Arabian Sea) and in Operation Desert Storm.

Today, visitors can tour the ship at the USS Missouri Memorial (usually around 35 minutes).

Entry costs $20 for adults and $10 for children, with additional costs for some of the optional tours.