Presentation of Naval Historical Society of Australia Plaque on behalf of the Victorian Chapter to the USS Missouri Memorial Association
On the morning of Tuesday the 6th. of September 2005, Denise and I took The Bus, from downtown Honolulu to the Bowfin Memorial, transferred to the Missouri trolley for the ride across the bridge to Ford Island.
Here we met in the office of Lee Collins Sr, the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Association, he had a piece of the Battleship's decking mounted on his office wall. He took it down and presented it to me, what a wonderful souvenir to mark this memorable visit, on our return home I will need to declare it to the Australian Customs, as we are very chary of importing timber into our country, but would hope that it does not pose any problems, I would hate to lose my prize.
This official photo of handing over the NHSA plaque. It shows the brass plate commemorating the actual place where the Instrument of Surrender Documents were signed on the 2nd. of September 1945.
We went on board, and on the Surrender Deck, close to the Brass Deck Plate marking the place of the surrender signing in 1945, I handed over the plaque for the Victorian Chapter of the NHSA. Lee had his photographer record the hand over, and has promised to mail a copy to me at home in Australia.
We asked how the Association had come by such a treasure, and Lee explained he found it advertised for sale on E-Bay, put up by the Admiral's son, who wanted US$ 5,000 for it. Lee had a well heeled Missouri supporter who was approached, and he opened up his cheque book and wrote a cheque for the required amount.
The piece of the Missouri Deck, with the Naval College crest above
Tour of the Missouri.
The Wardroom has a large model of the ship on display, and we saw plans in the near future wherby children can arrange a sleep over in some of the old Officer's territory.
We finalised our visit by joining The Truman's Chow Line in one of the Sailor's Mess rooms, to have a light lunch and coffee.
Once more we had been treated royally on this, our second visit to Missouri, and we would want to record our sincere thanks to all involved from this ship's Memorial Association who have facilitated our two visits on board this historic Battleship.