The Long Trip Home

9/7/1945 Missouri departed from Tokyo Bay
9/13/1945 Missouri arrives at Guam, brought on stores and over 400 veteran passengers and unloaded excess supplies.
9/15/1945 Missouri underway from Guam, homeward bound via Pearl Harbor, unescorted.
9/20/1945 Missouri arrives at Pearl Harbor.
9/29/1945 Missouri departs Pearl Harbor.
10/13/1945 Missouri transited the Panama Canal. After a travel of 100,000 miles, Missouri drew closer and closer to her “home port.”
10/19/1945 Missouri arrives at Norfolk midst blowing whistles and bands that played all over the Chesapeake Bay area. First leave party begins, but most of the party remained on board for the trip to New York the following day. This was done to save the carfare to New York, but these men had to perform their duties anyway.
10/22/1945 Missouri arrived off Long Island in very thick fog and almost collided with a submarine that had surfaced. The Captain decided to chance it after a long delay. As the Mighty Mo neared Fort Hamilton, now under the Verrazano Bridge, whistles and horns blew. Car horns blasted from the highways. Crowds of people waved and yelled. The fog began to lift in time for the crew to see, on the banks, a huge sign saying “WELL DONE.” Small boats with bands came out to meet the ship. Fire boats streamed water high into the air. And, Missouri finally docked at Pier 90, Hudson River, with a cheering crowd and a delay of almost 7 hours.
11/11/1945 First Missouri leave party returns to ship now docked at Bayonne, New Jersey. Second leave party goes out.
11/12/1945 Missouri leaves Bayonne and is moored at Brooklyn Navy Yard, her birth place, for a long overdue overhaul.

Thursday 9/19

Check-in time is 3:00 PM or later, but the Hospitality Room will be open and manned at 1:30 PM. Please come to the Hospitality Room upon arrival to check in with the USS Missouri host to receive everything you will need for the reunion. If your room is not ready when you arrive, you may store your luggage in the Hospitality Room until it is ready. The evening meal will be on our own, but there will be shipmates who can give you directions to area restaurants. The Hospitality Room will be open that evening until midnight for your enjoyment

Friday 9/20

We are working to get a ride to the Capital to view the model of USS Missouri BB-63. We may also potentially be able to meet
with the Governor while we are there. The hospitality room will be open. The auction begins at 7:00 PM of special items. Prior to that will be an opportunity for you to bring your cruise book or any other special items from USS Missouri that you think others would like to see. Please respect all memorabilia, for it belongs to one of your shipmates. This will be from 8:00 – 9:00 PM.

Saturday Morning 9/21

The Association Executive Committee will meet at 9:00 AM, followed by the General Business meeting at 10:00 AM. Everyone is encouraged to attend the General meeting. We will vote on the locations for the 2025, 2026 and 2027 reunions. Only members can vote, so make sure to pay your dues before Saturday. If you have any questions about either meeting or Plan of the Day please
contact Jerry Miller or Larry Geyer. The Hospitality Room will be open from 12:00 noon until 4:30 PM.

Saturday Evening 9/21

The Banquet Room will open at 6:00 PM with a cash bar. All shipmates are encouraged to attend. This is your opportunity to dress up and have your photo taken. Dress will be semi-formal (west coast.) At 6:30 PM, all will take their seat and the Memorial Services will commence.
Directly following the Memorial Services, the meal will be served. There will be recognition of some of our
shipmates following the meal. The banquet will end around 9:30 PM. Once the banquet is complete, we will
move to the Hospitality Room.

Sunday 9/22

Breakfast for Missouri hotel guest and say our farewells… until next reunion.

Three things you need to do to attend the reunion:

Be a member of the Association. Click here to pay your dues online or at the reunion.

Register for the reunion online!
Or, print and fill out this form, write a check and send it to:
Jerry Miller • 205 Hollis St. • Bono, AR 72416

Reserve your room at Capital Plaza: (573) 635-1234
The deadline for hotel reservations is August 19.

Thanks to all our shipmates in advance, for making this a great reunion!