USS Alabama (Images of America)
Powerful: this single word aptly describes a naval vessel known as a battleship. The USS Alabama (BB 60) was the last of four South Dakotaclass battleships built for World War II. She is well armored and designed to survive an attack while continuing to fight. Her main battery, known as Big Guns, consisted of nine 16-inch guns; each could launch a projectile weighing as much as a small car that could hit a target 21 miles away. Her crew numbered 2,332 men, none of whom were lost to enemy fire, earning her the nickname Lucky A. She served as more than just a battleship: she carried troops, supplies, and seaplanes and served in the Pacific and Atlantic; her doctors treated patients from other ships; she was the wartime home for a major-league ballplayer; the movie setting for Hollywood films; and she traveled home to the state of Alabama with the help of schoolchildren.
unidentified people as Alabama comes home. Edington wrote the enabling legislation passed by the Alabama legislature creating the USS Alabama Battleship Commission, an agency of the state of Alabama, in 1963. Without the commission, the battleship probably would never have been given to the state. Edington served as chairman of the commission and is still on the commission as of 2013. These two photographs, taken by Thigpen Photography of Mobile, show the work progression on Battleship Memorial
Park in 1964. A total of 2.9 million cubic yards of bay bottom were dredged to make a channel in order to bring Alabama in. This material was then used to make the first 75 acres of the park. The photograph below shows the expanding landmass and the Alabama in place. The uncredited photograph above shows Alabama in place as work is still being done to fill in land for Battleship Memorial Park. Despite the graininess and damage to the photograph, one can still make out some of the equipment being
made an appearance in order to fight Alabama, then Allied forces would have a better chance of sinking her. Tirpitz did not take the bait, and was not sunk until several years later, by aerial attack. In August 1943, the Alabama left the North Atlantic and headed to Norfolk, Virginia, where she was overhauled, repaired, painted, and updated. After leaving Norfolk, Alabama headed south along the coast and eventually passed through the Panama Canal. Her new mission was to serve in the South
service to your country and for riding shotgun with me on all of the military history trips we have taken. FOREWORD Welcome to USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park! Dedicated to all Americans who have worn the uniform of every branch of the United States Armed Forces, the self-supporting Battleship Memorial Park is anchored by the World War II heroine battleship USS Alabama (BB-60). Although an agency of the state of Alabama, the park has never received any city, county, state, or federal
used to move fuel hoses back and forth for refueling. This photograph was taken on July 26, 1945, in the Pacific. Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd, the famed explorer, was called back to service during World War II. He served in the Pacific and briefly visited operations in Europe. In July 1945, Rear Admiral Byrd was on board Alabama to observe the night bombardment of major industrial plants northeast of Tokyo. He was also present during the Japanese surrender. Vice Adm. Willis A. Lee (left) is seen