Take Us Along Winner

Robert E. Chipps

This week's Take Us Along winner is Robert E. Chipps of Steubensville, Ohio. He took East Ohio Auto & RV along on a trip to Hawaii. He is shown with a copy of the magazine with Pearl Harbor in the background.

The Chipps were in Hawaii to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. He writes that the ship on the left of the photo is the USS Missouri. It was on the deck of this battleship that the peace treaty with Japan was signed to end World War II. On the right is the USS Arizona Memorial. The ship sunk in the harbor when the Japanese attacked Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. The memorial was built over the ship and marks the final resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and Marines who were killed when the ship was attacked. The USS Arizona Memorial was built in 1962 and is visited by some two million people annually. It can be accessed only by shuttle boat. The USS Arizona is a National Historic Landmark. The USS Missouri was commissioned in 1944 and was at the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima. She shelled the Japanese home islands and was in Korea from 1950 until 1953. She was decommissioned in 1955 but was reactivated in 1984 and took part in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Her final decommission came in 1992. In 1998, she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum ship at Pearl Harbor. Thanks for taking us along!