This Date in USS IOWA History
July 19, 1945 was a field day and then a rest day for IOWA and her crew. They’d earned it. The previous week had been another tough one.
July 15th had seen an Iowa Class reunion, as MISSOURI and WISCONSIN rejoined their sister for a bombardment of Muroran on the southern tip of Hakkaido. From 15 miles offshore, the three battleships, along with two cruisers and seven destroyers, inflicted significant damage on steel and ironworks targets. IOWA expended a total of 270 tons of projectiles from her weapons, including 272 rounds from her 16″ guns.
July 17th was a battleship bonanza: IOWA, MISSOURI, WISCONSIN, NORTH CAROLINA, and ALABAMA, augmented by cruisers ATLANTA and DAYTON and nine screening destroyers, bombarded industrial targets at Hitachi when unsuitable weather prevented air attacks. IOWA was in the lead, steaming at 18 knots, when the group commenced firing. When IOWA ceased fire, she had expended another 247 rounds from her 16″ guns, making her total for the two days of bombardment over *600 TONS* of ammunition.
Those impressive numbers make an even greater impact when you stand beneath 16″ guns and see the projectiles they hurl in person. Please consider a donation to help us preserve them so future generations can get a better understanding of the true nature of war.
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