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Nice. I cant remember what ship my uncle was on during WW2 but he mentioned that when the big guns were firing you could not be on deck
When I was in Vietnam we had the U.S.S. New Jersey fire support for us. We were told each shell weighed the same as a Volkswagen and it sounded like a freight train going overhead.
Thank You!! Bud.
The Missouri was 2 miles off our port beam when she fired a volley over our heads from her 16 inch guns while I was on the USS Midway (aircraft carrier). The concussion from that volley rattled our ship like a baby's rattle.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16%22/50_caliber_Mark_7_gun) A link talking about the weight of the rounds. The larger rounds were propelled by four 50 pound bags of black powder. The black powder was "sacked" in silk sacks to prevent static electricity and spontaneous combustion.
I had the privilege of touring the Missouri while it was still anchored near Seattle. It happened to be on the anniversary of the bomb drop on Nagasaki. As long as I live, I will never forget the guys in their 80's, standing on the Surrender Deck, looking at the bronze commemorative plaque, with tears streaming down their faces.
Thank you. We owe so much to the members of the Greatest Generation.
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Here is a 4 minute video of the USS New Jersey Firing those 16" guns. After you click on the link scroll down a little to view the video. This web page has a lot of really cool Navy History. Enjoy!
Well I put the Wisconsin on instead of the New Jersey but they are still the same guns.