The USS Alabama won nine battle stars defending the US and the world during World War II – and you can explore her and other historic aircraft and ships at Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama!
It’s fitting that the USS Alabama should have a home here in her namesake state after retiring in 1962 – but she was almost scrapped!
Luckily, a grass-roots campaign formed by citizens of the state the “USS Alabama Battleship Commission,” was able to raise the funds to have her preserved as a memorial to the men and women who served in World War II, instead. Nearly $100,000 of the money raised to save the ship was done so by Alabama schoolchildren, mostly in the form of small change!
Designated a National Historic Landmark, the USS Alabama required a suitable home and thus was born Battleship Memorial Park.
Battleship Memorial Park is a 175 acre park built expressly to house the USS Alabama and others like her, including the USS Drum, another National Historic Landmark and the oldest American submarine on display in the world! Best of all, you are allowed to tour these wonderful pieces of history.
You can explore 12 decks of the USS Alabama, including getting in one of the gun turrets behind a 12mm, and taking a quick tour behind bars in the ship’s brig. Aboard the USS Drum, you’ll discover first hand the claustrophobic world of the early submariner and get a bit closer to the meaning of bravery.
Though these two historiic vessels would be enough, they’re not the extent of the park’s compliment. Not by a long shot!
Battleship Memorial Park also has 28 aircraft on display, and a number of iconic pieces of military equipment as well, including a Vietnam era B-52 bomber and PBR patrol boat, one of the famed, Tuskegee Airmen P-51 Mustangs, an M4 Sherman tank, an M26 Pershing tank, .38 caliber gun emplacements, and more.
Battleship Memorial Park is mainly about honoring those brave men and women who served in our country defense, many of whom gave their all and made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. You’ll find a number of specific memorials in the park, including the Lower Alabama Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, a Korean War Memorial, a War Dog Memorial, and the latest addition: the Fallen Heroes Memorial, honoring those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Iraqi War and the War on Terror.
Battleship Memorial Park
2703 Battleship Pkwy, Mobile, AL
Open 8am to 6pm April through September,
8am to 6pm October through March.
Closed Christmas Day
For hours, directions, and more, be sure to visit: www.ussalabama.com
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