2019 55¢ USS Missouri
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: June 11, 2019
First Day City: Honolulu, HI
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset, Microprint
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 20,000,000
On June 11, 1944, the USS Missouri (BB-63) was commissioned as America's last battleship. In 2019, the USPS celebrated the "Mighty Mo" and its 75th anniversary with the issue of a new forever stamp featuring an illustration by Dan Cosgrove. It pictures the Missouri as she appeared at her time of commission. The battleship served in several actions during her career including World War II, the Korean War, and Operation Desert Storm. The Missouri's most famous role was hosting the official ceremony in which Japan surrendered to the Allies, ending World War II.
The USS Missouri was built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard from January 6, 1941, to January 29, 1944. She was the last of four Iowa-class ships commissioned by the US Navy. The ship was outfitted with nine 16"/50 caliber Mark 7 guns, 20 5"/38 caliber guns in twin turrets, 49 Oerlikon 20 mm anti-aircraft guns, and 80 Bofors 40 mm anti-aircraft guns. The ship measured 887 feet, 3 inches long, could reach speeds up to 32.7 knots, and was crewed by 1,851 men.
As the last great American battleship, the USS Missouri represents the nostalgia of a bygone era. She was awarded three battle stars for actions during World War II, five for the Korean War, and three for the Gulf War. Today, the Missouri is a museum ship of Pearl Harbor, a fitting retirement for a lifetime of defending her country.