USS Alabama – Then and Now

USS Alabama

USS Alabama, Cruise book

The USS Alabama (BB-60) is a South Dakota Class Battleship, launched on April 16, 1942. It served during World War II in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

The Alabama served in British waters protecting supply convoys to the Soviet Union.

Later it joined U.S. forces fighting in the Pacific. It was involved in the Gilbert Island, Marshall Islands, and Marianas Islands campaigns, and in the Battles of the Philippine Sea and Okinawa.

The Alabama was awarded nine battle stars for her service.

On January 9, 1947, the Alabama was decommissioned. Her last journey under her own power was to the United States Pacific Reserve Fleet at Bremerton, Washington. She remained there until removed from the Naval Vessel Register on June 1, 1962.

US Navy poster

US Navy poster

However, that was not the end of her life. Some citizens of the State of Alabama formed a ‘USS Alabama Battleship Commission’ with the aim of raising funds to preserve the Alabama as a memorial to the men and women who served their nation during World War II.

The money, including $100,000 raised by schoolchildren in the form of nickels and dimes, and a $1,000,000 corporate donation, was found, and the Alabama was awarded to the state on June 16, 1964. She was formally handed over at a ceremony in Seattle on July 7.

She was then towed to Mobile Bay, Alabama, where she lies in Battleship Memorial Park. It opened as a museum on January 9, 1965. She was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

The Alabama is one of the most well-known American ships of World War II. The 1992 movie Under Siege, starring Steven Seagal, featured it, though not by name.

Though the action in the film is supposed to have occurred on board the Missouri, the Alabama is actually shown in most of the battleship scenes.

 

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Farewell Salutes –

Carlton Blackmore – Westfield, NJ; US Army, WWII, Captain

John Cleary Jr. – Bronx, NY; US Army, Korea

Allan Dally – Hawke’s Bay NZ; RNZ Army # 056129, WWII, East Coast Mounted Riflesbiabonlceaepa7g-599x769

Harold Gordon – New Bern, NC; US Merchant Marine, WWII & Korea, radioman

Fred Johnson – Park City, UT; US Navy, WWII, PTO, USS Snowbell (AN-52)

Larry Jordal – Sisseton, SD; US Army, Korea

Stanley Levine – Cincinnati, OH; US Army, WWII

Richard Rose  – Battle Creek, MI; US Air Force

William J. Simon Jr. – W.Scranton, PA; US Army, Korea, 187th RCT

Marcey Jack Wilson – Wichita Falls, TX; US Navy, WWII

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on December 19, 2016, in Current News, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 80 Comments.

  1. Paid a visit to this mighty battleship a few years back. A great day!

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  2. Learn something new every day, I figured it was the Mighty Mo having recently been decommissioned in Under Siege so this is interesting to learn about the Alabama.

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  3. A very Regal ending to the USS Alabama’s life, and most importantly, the people of America got behind the venture of saving here for posterity.
    One wonders if the America Patriotism would arise to the occasion in today’s world.
    Hope your Christmas was great gp, best wishes for the New Year.

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    • I fail to see the strength and stamina of that era in most of our Millennials I’m afraid. They’ve had it too easy – so many live with mom & dad still, etc. Not to say that we don’t have those that have the grit, just not like before. These endless wars will only bring back the protests of Nam I’m afraid.
      Christmas was busy, but quiet – if that makes any sense!

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  4. The statue of the woman looking out to the sea is wonderful! Do you happen to know who did it?

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    • The New Hampshire Marine Memorial was brought about by the father of Captain William D. Downs who fought and died during WWII in the Pacific. She can certainly give me chills just looking at her. Thank you for noticing!

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  5. It’s wonderful that the Alabama has been preserved. So many historic ships and buildings been lost across the years.

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  6. Even today after so many years out of service she’s looking pretty impressive.

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  7. Wonderful to read about the preservation and that people do hold power!

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  8. I toured the Alabama a few years ago. Very interesting to see. Drone videos are amazing.

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  9. I’ve only been in that area a couple of times, and had no idea the battleship was there. I have toured the Battleship Texas that’s moored here, and it’s quite an experience. The size is amazing. The USS Lexington’s in Corpus Christi, but it’s an aircraft carrier: different, but equally interesting.

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  10. Very interesting, next time I watch the film I’ll think about the actual history the ship has lived through.
    Love the humour one with the planes trying to park 🙂

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  11. A wonderful Success story! She looks marvellous!

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  12. Three cheers to the people of Alabama, who had the foresight and will power to preserve the battleship, thus saving something of great historical value!

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  13. GP, The USS Alabama deserves her new berth in Mobile! We had a similar commission years back for the USS New Jersey, now permanently docked in Camden, NJ. And my chance to wish you the Merriest Christmas & Cheer in 2017!!! Phil

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  14. Sending this on to friends and hope they sign on as regular readers.

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  15. Sent this to ;friends in Alabama. Hope they sign on to your blog.

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  16. This is a beautiful arch over time. Very nice subject! Catalin

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  17. Very interesting and would be something to see!

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  18. You know how I like it when I see history being preserved. Thanks for sharing as I will visit if I’m in that area.

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  19. I haven’t been on the Alabama but one thing that always impresses me is the sheer size of battleships, G. It’s easy to get lost. 🙂 I am off to check out the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut today where Tony oversees the cadets that want to fly. The US sub base is nearby but I doubt I’ll make it there. –Curt

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  20. I visited this ship in Mobile several years ago . A great claustrophobia experience below decks ! Now that you post it , I’ll make plans to go again sometime .

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    • It’s going to take me a little while to get through all these, but get through them I will!! It’s great to be proud of your military!! Thanks for the links, Pete.

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  21. Fascinating GP. I would love to visit the historical vessel. The Veterans Memorial Park In this region has recently been able to acquire a Tank from world war 2 soon to be on display. Very excited !

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  22. You really know how to make your post interesting !

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  23. If I ever have the chance, I will visit this memorial. I’ve toured a few ships, and I always find the visits fascinating.

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  24. I live not far from Mobile and I been to the Alabama a couple of times….fascinating….thanx for posting…chuq

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  25. Alie and I were in Mobile on the Alabama in 2001. It was well worth the visit.

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  26. Without giving away my age but my sentiments. The Alabama is a gunners delight. Unfortunately due to promotions and circumstances I was transferred from guns to artillery field intelligence.

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