#ThrowbackThursday: April 1944 – USS Wisconsin (BB 64) Commissioned

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USS Wisconsin (BB-64). Underway at sea, circa 1988-91. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 97206-KN (Color).

Even after three decades in reserves in Philadelphia, Pa., the U.S. Navy battleship, USS Wisconsin (BB 64), was still bringing her “A” game to the fleet and made a whole new generation of Sailors proud until her final decommissioning in 1991.

On April 16, 1944, USS Wisconsin (BB 64) is commissioned and joins the Pacific Fleet, providing gunfire support for the Battle for Iwo Jima and the Okinawa Campaign. Placed out of commission in 1948, she was brought back into service for the Korean War then decommissioned in 1958. Reactivated in 1988, she serves in Operation Desert Storm before decommissioned in 1991. Wisconsin currently serves as a museum ship and can be toured at Norfolk, Va

The battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) and a guided missile cruiser sit at anchor in New York City harbor during the fourth annual Fleet Week activities, 6 July 1991. DOD Still Media Photograph: DN-ST-92-00702.

The battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) and a guided missile cruiser sit at anchor in New York City harbor during the fourth annual Fleet Week activities, 6 July 1991. DOD Still Media Photograph: DN-ST-92-00702.

A port bow view of the battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64) firing its Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber guns to port prior to a fire power demonstration in the Gulf of Mexico. Photographed by PH2 Hicks, 30 August 1988. DOD Still Media Photograph: DN-ST-89-01387. Note: USS Wisconsin was the last Battleship commissioned by the US Navy.

A port bow view of the battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64) firing its Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber guns to port prior to a fire power demonstration in the Gulf of Mexico. Photographed by PH2 Hicks, 30 August 1988. DOD Still Media Photograph: DN-ST-89-01387.
Note: USS Wisconsin was the last Battleship commissioned by the US Navy.

USS Wisconsin (BB-64). Tied up outboard of the hulk of USS Oklahoma (BB-37), at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 11 November 1944. Note: anti-torpedo netting outboard of the ships; great difference in lengths of these two battleships. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 78940.

USS Wisconsin (BB-64). Tied up outboard of the hulk of USS Oklahoma (BB-37), at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 11 November 1944. Note: anti-torpedo netting outboard of the ships; great difference in lengths of these two battleships. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 78940.

USS Wisconsin (BB-64). Band concert under the battleship's after 16"/50 guns, while she was operating at sea with the Pacific Fleet, circa 1945. An aircraft carrier is faintly visible in the right distance. Sailor in right foreground has name J.C. Smith stencilled on his working jacket. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, 80-G-K-3667 (Color) .

USS Wisconsin (BB-64). Band concert under the battleship’s after 16″/50 guns, while she was operating at sea with the Pacific Fleet, circa 1945. An aircraft carrier is faintly visible in the right distance. Sailor in right foreground has name J.C. Smith stencilled on his working jacket. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, 80-G-K-3667 (Color) .

USS Wisconsin (BB-64). At sea, 20 January 1952. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 44530.

USS Wisconsin (BB-64). At sea, 20 January 1952. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 44530.

USS Wisconsin (BB-64). Fires a three-gun salvo from her forward 16"/50 gun turret, during bombardment duty off Korea. Photograph is dated 30 January 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, 80-G-K-12103 (Color).

USS Wisconsin (BB-64). Fires a three-gun salvo from her forward 16″/50 gun turret, during bombardment duty off Korea. Photograph is dated 30 January 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, 80-G-K-12103 (Color).

USS Wisconsin (BB-64). View of the battleship's forward 16"/50 guns and superstructure, taken 21 March 1952, while she was serving with Task Force 77 in Korean waters. Note her Mk.38 main battery director and various radar antennas. Photographed by AF3c M.R. Adkinson. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, 80-G-441034.

USS Wisconsin (BB-64). View of the battleship’s forward 16″/50 guns and superstructure, taken 21 March 1952, while she was serving with Task Force 77 in Korean waters. Note her Mk.38 main battery director and various radar antennas. Photographed by AF3c M.R. Adkinson. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, 80-G-441034.

USS Wisconsin (BB 64). A sailor sleeps while another sailor ponders and reflects while returning from Operation Mainbrace, circa 1954. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Ships.

USS Wisconsin (BB 64). A sailor sleeps while another sailor ponders and reflects while returning from Operation Mainbrace, circa 1954. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Ships.

USS Wisconsin (BB 64). Tugs help move the battleship away from the pier at Norfolk, Virginia, for her final voyage to New York City where she was “mothballed”. On board the battleship were 30 members of the namestake state, including the Attorney General, Stewart G. Honeck, who representated the Governor, November 1957. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Ships.

USS Wisconsin (BB 64). Tugs help move the battleship away from the pier at Norfolk, Virginia, for her final voyage to New York City where she was “mothballed”. On board the battleship were 30 members of the namestake state, including the Attorney General, Stewart G. Honeck, who representated the Governor, November 1957. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Ships.

USS Wisconsin (BB-64). Firing a broadside to port with her 16"/50 and 5"/38 guns, circa 1988-91. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 97207-KN (Color).

USS Wisconsin (BB-64). Firing a broadside to port with her 16″/50 and 5″/38 guns, circa 1988-91. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 97207-KN (Color).

USS Wisconsin (BB 64), bow view, during sea trials, 29August 1988. Photographed by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Ships.

USS Wisconsin (BB 64), bow view, during sea trials, 29August 1988. Photographed by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Ships.

USS Wisconsin (BB 64), stern view underway during sea trials, 29August 1988. Photographed by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Ships.

USS Wisconsin (BB 64), stern view underway during sea trials, 29August 1988. Photographed by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Ships.

Christmas ornaments, lights and messages adorn the battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) while it is in port for the holidays. Photographed by PH2 Tracy Lee Didas, 24 December 1989. DOD Still Media Photograph: DN-SC-91-03124.

Christmas ornaments, lights and messages adorn the battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) while it is in port for the holidays. Photographed by PH2 Tracy Lee Didas, 24 December 1989. DOD Still Media Photograph: DN-SC-91-03124.

The salvage and rescue ship USS Edenton (ATS-1) tows the battleship Wisconsin (BB-64) as harbor tugs escort the ship from port. Wisconsin, which was decommissioned on September 30th, is being taken to the Philadelphia Shipyard's Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. Photographed by JO1 Gregg Snaza, 3 October 1991. DOD Still Media Photograph: DN-ST-92-03959.

The salvage and rescue ship USS Edenton (ATS-1) tows the battleship Wisconsin (BB-64) as harbor tugs escort the ship from port. Wisconsin, which was decommissioned on September 30th, is being taken to the Philadelphia Shipyard’s Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. Photographed by JO1 Gregg Snaza, 3 October 1991. DOD Still Media Photograph: DN-ST-92-03959.

U.S. Navy chief selectees from the Hampton Roads area of Norfolk, Va., learn about the main weapons of battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64) during Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Heritage Day, Aug. 25, 2008. CPO Heritage Day gives newly selected chief candidates the opportunity to learn about their Naval heritage and understand the true meaning behind the U.S. Navy's mission, vision, guiding principles and core values. Photographed by MCSN Matthew Bookwalter, 25 August 2008. DOD Still Media Photograph: 080825-N-AC223-166.

U.S. Navy chief selectees from the Hampton Roads area of Norfolk, Va., learn about the main weapons of battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64) during Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Heritage Day, Aug. 25, 2008. CPO Heritage Day gives newly selected chief candidates the opportunity to learn about their Naval heritage and understand the true meaning behind the U.S. Navy’s mission, vision, guiding principles and core values. Photographed by MCSN Matthew Bookwalter, 25 August 2008. DOD Still Media Photograph: 080825-N-AC223-166.

On the Web: Battleship Wisconsin website

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