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Pictures of the Wisconsin firing the sixteen inch guns

The following clipping was from the December 17, 1951 issue of TIME magazine.

Scratch One T-34
Hitting a tank with a 16-in. shell from a battleship's main battery is something like potting a mouse with an elephant gun. It isn't often done--but when it is, there isn't much left of the mouse.
One night last week the 45,000-ton U.S. battleship Wisconsin (which relieved the New Jersey last month) lay off Korea's east coast, firing her secondary batteries of 5-in. guns in support of U.N. ground troops ashore.  Finally came a call for heavier fire.   The No 2 turret crew swung into action and five 16-in. shells, weighing a ton apiece, whistled into the target area, 8,000 yards away.
Result:  direct hits on two Communist gun emplacements, one T-34 tank.  Said an observer:  "With what's left of that baby (the tank), they can't even make carpet tacks."

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First 10 pictures were taken from 1943-1947, 1951-1952,1952-1953, 1955-1956, 1990-1991 Cruise books. 

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When we got to Korea we wanted to blow something up!
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They let us!!!
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From World War II
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From World War II
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011 Night salvo.JPG (91357 bytes)
Beautiful shot
Photo T. Lowney
Next 2 photos
#11 & 12
T. Lowney
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  012 Projectile leaving barrel.JPG (151864 bytes)
Projectile leaving barrel

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013  Nine gun salvo.JPG (48335 bytes)
Nine gun salvo
Jan. 19, 1955

Next 3 photos #13 to15  
by D. Menta
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014 Two projectiles.JPG (50635 bytes)
2 projectiles

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015 More salvos.JPG (61335 bytes)
More salvo
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016 Gulf War.JPG (89506 bytes)
Archive Photo
Gulf War

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017 Gulf war--16's gun fire.JPG (63841 bytes)
16" shell on its way to an Iraqi target
Photo  by
Michael Keith

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018 Gulf war--16's gun fire.JPG (91696 bytes)
Gulf of Mexico 
Gun Trials
Photo by LCDR Lynn Howell, USN-R
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019 BB-64 off Korea 1951.JPG (59143 bytes)
Korea 1951
Submitted by J. Slanina
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020 NGFS quals Spot 2 1988.JPG (65695 bytes)
NGFS quals Spot 2 1988
Photo by Dan Devoy
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Nine gun salvo
Sent in by H. Green
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022 B.Morris Smoke ring.jpg (58033 bytes)
Smoke rings
Next 8 pictures by B. Morris taken from National Archives
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023 B.Morris No.2 Turret.jpg (35629 bytes)
Turret 2
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024 B.Morris 16-inch gun fire.jpg (55694 bytes)
16" gun firing
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025 B.Morris No.2 Turret.jpg (50555 bytes)
Turret 2
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026 B.Morris No.2 Turret .jpg (57904 bytes)
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027 B.Morris 5-inch gun fire.jpg (63320 bytes)
5" gun firing
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028 B.Morris 16-inch No.1 Turret.jpg (56456 bytes)
Turret 1
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029 B.Morris Smoke drifts from gun firing.jpg (47028 bytes)
Smoke drifts from gun firing
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030 Scott Bradlik Wis 89.JPG (29638 bytes)
Carribean-1989 workups
Taken by
Scott Brdlik
USS Mississippi

 

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031 D. Patrykus   Awesome !!.jpg (43722 bytes)
Awesome!!
1991
Photo by Dave Patrykus
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032  Korea 1951 476622.JPG (67475 bytes)
Next 4 photos are from the   
National Archives.

Bombarding Korea 1951.
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033  Korea 1952 477064.JPG (60116 bytes)
Firing on enemy rail transportation, 1952.
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034  Korea 1952 477065.JPG (63934 bytes)
Firing on railway tunnel.
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USS Wisconsin firing 16in. guns, ca. 1988-1991
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036 M.Keith 16inch mushroom cloud 1.JPG (31728 bytes)
Photo by
Michael Keith
G-2 Div. 1990-91
Mushroom cloud
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16in. Guns in action WWII
Photo sent in by 
Nilla Haluska, daughter of
A.Dobyns EM1c 1944-1945
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038 S. Johnson Gulf War Action.JPG (45721 bytes)
Photo by
Stephen Johnson,
Marine Div. 1990-1991
Nice shot!
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039 L.Graves Turret two sea trials 16in Gun fire.jpg (70106 bytes)
Photo sent in by 
Luke Graves, OI Div. 1988-1991
Nice shot!
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040 Alex,L.5in_Guns shot.jpg (51660 bytes)
Photo sent in by
Lee Alex,
Admin. Div.1987-1990
5in. Gun fire.
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041 T.Brownrigg 16in. Gun Fire 1991.jpg (44918 bytes)
Next 2 photos sent in by
Thomas Brownrigg, member of a documentary film crew.
Pictures were taken in 1991.
Great shots Tom
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042 T.Brownrigg 16in. Gun Fire 1991.jpg (39110 bytes)
Look at this fire ball.
WOW!
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043 DN-ST-90-10072.jpg (31406 bytes)
From National Archives
Photo by Lt. Rob Raine.
Gunnery exercise, 03-01-90
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044 DN-ST-92-00496.jpg (38272 bytes)
From National Archives
Photo by 
PH1 Bruce M. Morris,
05-28-91, last firing of the Ship's guns prior to decommissioning.
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045 Turrent 1 and 2.JPG (44797 bytes)
Photo sent in by
Don Falkenberg
Admin Div. 1989 - 1991
Turret 1 and 2
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Next 4 photos sent in by
S. Kuechle
NGFS on Kuwait
Nice Shots Steve
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5in. 38 Gun Shoot
Good shot capturing the rings
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Photo sent in by
J. Sandoval
Nice Shot
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Photo taken by
Bob Tilton
H Division 1953-1955
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Photo sent in by,
Joseph A. Sparacino
1st Division 1951-1952.
16in gun fire from turret #3
 
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Nice shot!
Check the 16inch projectile to the right, stopped in midair.
Photo taken by,
Lee Alex
Admin. Div. 1987-1990
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Photo sent in by
Richard Brownlee
T Div. 1951-1953
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Photo taken by Bruce Nason,
on the shake-down cruise 8/30/88
Great shot Bruce!

 

 

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Photo sent in by
Simon Cygielski,
QM2 1987-1991


 

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Photo sent in by
Matt Hyde SM3
OS Division

 

     

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