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09-15-2014 12:19 PM

Can anyone help me find out a way to verify if the teak plank piece I have is actually from the USS Missouri?


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#1 posted 09-15-2014 05:42 PM

Why do you think it is? How did you get it?

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#2 posted 09-15-2014 09:53 PM

Thanks for the reply Chris208. I got the decking from a friend of mine who was in the Air Force at the time in Long Beach where the MOBB63 was being refitted in 1984-85. An engineer working on the battleship, gave him the wood cause she knew he was from St. Louis MO. We believe her name was Magda Fodor, but so far I have not been able to track her down. In researching the wood, I talked to a Mike (Head Curator) at the USS Missouri Museum in Hawaii. After discussing for 30 minutes he felt fairly certain it was from the original decking put on in 1944 at the Brooklyn Navy Yards. Unfortuneatly they were closed in 1966. Most people tell me I will never know for certain, so I may just frame with Information I do know. The journey to find out about this wonderful piece of history is fun by itself, talking to Navy Veterans, Naval historians and museum curators has been amazing.

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#3 posted 09-15-2014 10:16 PM

Contact “history detectives ” on PBS

-- Bert

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#4 posted 09-15-2014 10:27 PM


Contact “history detectives ” on PBS

- b2rtch

Excellent idea! You may never know for sure, but I’ll bet Wes Cowan and the other History Detectives could make an interesting show of it.

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#5 posted 09-15-2014 10:53 PM



Thanks for the reply Chris208. I got the decking from a friend of mine who was in the Air Force at the time in Long Beach where the MOBB63 was being refitted in 1984-85. An engineer working on the battleship, gave him the wood cause she knew he was from St. Louis MO. We believe her name was Magda Fodor, but so far I have not been able to track her down. In researching the wood, I talked to a Mike (Head Curator) at the USS Missouri Museum in Hawaii. After discussing for 30 minutes he felt fairly certain it was from the original decking put on in 1944 at the Brooklyn Navy Yards. Unfortuneatly they were closed in 1966. Most people tell me I will never know for certain, so I may just frame with Information I do know. The journey to find out about this wonderful piece of history is fun by itself, talking to Navy Veterans, Naval historians and museum curators has been amazing.

- Scottbb63


If the head curator at the USS Missouri museum felt fairly certain it was original decking then I think that is about as accurate of info you will get.

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#6 posted 09-17-2014 12:01 AM

Can you post a photo of the board? Some of the USN vets here might be able to help.

For instance, has the board been holystoned?, etc.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 09-17-2014 02:43 AM

Thanks to everyone who replied. I really appreciate your help and suggestions. Everytime I think I hit a deadend, a new bread crumb pops up. Thanks again, Scotty

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#8 posted 09-17-2014 04:06 PM

Teak decking was used on many ships. It would be impossible to tell which ship it came from.

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#9 posted 09-17-2014 05:46 PM

tree DNA?

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