Korean War Diary Excerpt
This is an excerpt from the USS Missouri Korean War Diary recording during the early months of Korean War, when early victories gave false hope of an early end to the Korean War.
UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET
U.S.S. MISSOURII BB63
Care Fleet Post Office
San Francisco, California
21 September through 30 September
Anchored as before - Lat. 37o 23.6' N, Long. 126o 33.5' E
Anchored off Inchon, Korea, as unit of TG 90.6, JTF 7, assigned as fire support ship for the 7th Infantry Division, U. S. Army, standing by for fire support missions. Ship in Condition of Readiness III, expect during morning and evening twilight and during air alerts (Flash RED) at which time Condition of Readiness IAA was set. There was no evidence of positive identification of enemy aircraft in the objective area during this period.
At 1325I on 21 September, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (CinCFE) accompanied by Vice Admiral A.D. Struble, USN (CJTF ), Major General E. M. Almond (CG X Corps), and other subordinate commanders made an official call on the Commanding Officer MISSOURI. General MacArthur expressed his pleasure and satisfaction in revisiting of his acceptance of the surrender of Japan in World War II. He and his party left the ship at 1356I.
On the night of 21 September, the Commanding General X Corps established his headquarter ashore in the city Inchon, assumed command of the operation. At the time JTF 7 was dissolved and CTF 90 ( ComPhibGroupONE) became Commander Naval Support Force.
At 1740I 22 September commenced 16" ranging mission as called for by the 7th Infantry Division. Mission was discontinued because air spotter could not observe. Ammunition expended: 3 HC16".At 0835I 23 September commenced another 16" ranging mission. Mission observed by air spotter. Results excellent. Ammunition expended: 7 HC 16"/
On 29 September the Commanding Officer MISSIOURI participated in the triumphal march in to Seoul and witnessed the formal restoration of the Republic of Korea by General of the Army MacArthur.