Between the mid-1940s and the early 1990s, the Iowas fought in four major U.S. wars. In World War II, they defended aircraft carriers and shelled Japanese positions. During the Korean War, the battleships provided seaborne artillery support for United Nations forces fighting North Korea, and in 1968, New Jersey shelled Viet Cong and Vietnam People's Army forces in the Vietnam War. All four were reactivated and armed with missiles during the 1980s as part of Ronald Reagan's 600-ship Navy initiative.
World War IIIEdit
The U.S.S. Missouri was a part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the time World War broke out in Europe. She never took part in combat in the European theatre, but she did help to protect against an attack on the U.S. west coast. Unfortunately, the navy was duped by a convoy of freighter ships carrying tens of thousands of Soviet troops, hundreds of tanks and armoured vehicles and dozens of attack helicopters. The U.S. was already late to respond to the initial invasion and because the U.S. fleet couldn't risk leaving their Pacific bases undefended, they could only muster a small portion to help defend the U.S. Luckily, the U.S.S. Missouri was among this small fleet. Four days after the inital landing in Seattle, the U.S.S. Missouri set course for Pine Valley after learning that a under strength U.S. army battalion was defending the town from the large Soviet invasion force. After some heavy fighting took place, the U.S. was forced out of the town square to make one final stand against the Soviet onslaught, but luck turned in the American's favor. Missouri arrived in Pine Valley Bay with her small fleet in time to assist the battalion and provide fire support from her nine 16-inch cannons to use against the Soviet forces. Inflicting a terrible toll on the attackers, U.S.S. Missouri continued to fire until the Soviet offensive was finally called off after suffering incredible casualties and the Oregon National Guard arrived.
Later in the war, she was reportedly sunk off the West Coast of the Canada (British Columbia), presumably by either a Soviet torpedo from a submarine, missile or air attack, a week before the American assault on Seattle. The narrator states with the loss of the Missouri, not much left of the U.S. Pacific Fleet could intercept the People's Liberation Army Navy invasion fleet sent by China to reinforce the Soviet beachhead in Seattle.