Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
W.W. II Anchor
She received 9 battle stars for sinking 7 Japanese ships during her W.W. II service. The Balao was decommissioned in June 1963.
She was used as a target and sunk in September 1963. Her conning tower, which is now on display at the Washington Naval Yard, and this anchor are all that remain of the U.S.S Balao.
Location. 34° 48.716′ N, 87° 37.438′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Veterans Park Drive 0.3 miles east of South Cox Creek Parkway (Alabama Route 133), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located west of the Veterans Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hawk Missile (a few steps from this marker); “Gooney Bird” Propeller (a few steps from this marker); The “Honest John” Rocket (a few steps from this marker); Don Leslie Michael (a few steps from this marker); 16” Projectile (a few steps from this Anti-Tank Gun (a few steps from this marker); 75mm Field Gun (a few steps from this marker); AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Also see . . . Wikipedia - USS Balao (SS-285). USS Balao (SS/AGSS-285), was the lead ship of the United States Navy's Balao-class submarines during World War II and named for the balao. (Submitted on October 24, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
Categories. • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 390 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 23, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.