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The 120-ton gun was designed to protect naval bases and shipyards in Virginia Beach and Norfolk.
Credit: USFWS

Eastern Shore Refuge celebrates Memorial Day with a piece of history

The Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge celebrated Memorial Day welcoming a 120-ton, 68-foot gun barrel that was on the USS Missouri when the Japanese surrendered on September 2, 1945, ending World War II. During World War II, the refuge was the site of Fort John Custis, which protected the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay; the gun barrel was used to defend the Delmarva Peninsula. The gun barrel was restored after it arrived at the refuge in April 2013 from St. Julien's Creek Navy Yard.

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Published on: Monday, May 27,2013

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