New York Battleship Museum
June 27 - Keel laid down at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, New York.
August 27 - Launched at New York Naval Yard. Sponsored by Mrs. Henry A. Wallace, wife of the Vice President. Her sleek lines and raked bow fortells her high speed.
February 22 - Commissioned (On Washington's Birthday) Commanding Officer Captain John L. McCrea USN.
February 24 - To Sea for shakedown in Chesapeake Bay and along Atlantic Coast.
July 9 - USS IOWA completed her post shakedown overhaul.
August 27 - En Route to Newfoundland and the North Atlantic for her first war patrol. Assignment, the "Tirpitz Watch", the German battleship, thereby contributing to the neutralization of the threat presented by that warship then poised in Norwegian waters.
November 12 - En route to Mediterranean with FDR and other high-ranking members of American delegation to Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria and then Tehran. The Tehran Conference was with Stalin and Churchill.
December 16 - Completion of mission with return of FDR to United States.
January 7 - Transit Panama Canal.
January 23 - First Pacific campaign in support of carrier air strikes against Kwajalein and Eniwetok Atolls.
February 16 - First firing of weapons in combat in attack on Japanese naval base at Truk in Caroline Islands. In action off Truk, the USS IOWA sank light cruiser Katori.
March 18 - First shore bombardment against Mili Atoll in Marshall Islands. The USS IOWA received her first hit when she was struck by two Japanese projectiles (5 inch and 6 inch). The 6 inch projectile hit Turret 2 and the 5 inch projectile hit the hull plating, neither of which caused significant damage.
April 22 - Supporting Army landing at Aitape, Tanahmerah and Humbolt Bays.
May 1 - Bombardment of airfield, bombs wharf and other enemy facilities at Ponape.
June 13 - Shelled Saipan and Tinian and blew up an ammunition dump.
June 19 - In action throughout battle of the Philippine Sea. Downed at least three attacking planes.
August - Commanding Officer Captain Allan R. McCann USN.
September - A unit of Fleet Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey's third Fleet in support of carrier strikes against Philippine and Caroline Islands.
October 10 - Participating in air strikes against Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan and Luzon.
October 23 - Headed for Battle of Leyte Gulf.
November - Commanding Officer Captain James L. Holloway Jr., USN.
November 25 - Kamikaze attack on Third Fleet. USS IOWA claimed two Jills and a Judy.
December 17 - At Ulithi for replenishment and maintenance in drydock ABSD-2. Lost plane - washed over the side during typhoon.
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