16 in Iowa class battleship USS Missouri on commissioning in July 1944: the most famous of this ultimate battleship class because the Japanese surrender was signed aboard her on 2 September 1945. All four are preserved, and saw periodic active service into the 1990s.
Okinawa, April - June 1945: The Japanese battleship YAMATO which was sacrificed in a desperate attempt to stop the American invasion of Okinawa. Note the ship's pagoda mast, the superstructure featuring a mass of platforms that included watch points, searchlights, and spotting points. Pagoda masts were common on Japanese capital ships.
JAPANESE MIDGET SUBMARINE which ran aground on the beach outside Pearl Harbor, 7 December. Early on the morning of 7 December at least one Japanese submarine was reconnoitering inside Pearl Harbor, having slipped past the antisubmarine net. After making a complete circuit of Ford Island the submarine left the harbor and later ran aground on the beach where it was captured intac