Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
United States Ship Alabama (BB-60)
— Battleship Memorial Park —
6th naval fighting ship to bear the name.
Built by the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia.
Authorized by Congress 27 March 1934.
Keel laid 1 February 1940 – Launched 16 February 1942.
Sponsored by Mrs. Lister Hill, wife of Senator Lister Hill of Alabama.
Commissioned 16 August 1942 – Decommissioned 9 January 1947.
Total miles steamed – 217,000.
World War II Record
U.S. Atlantic Fleet - August 1942 – April 1943
British Home Fleet – May 1942 – August 1943
U.S. Pacific Fleet: September 1943 – September 1945
[Battle Stars for major operations indicated by: * ]
With British Home Fleet, including Norway invasion feint, May-August 1943
*Gilbert Islands Operation, November-December 1943*Bombardment of Nauru Island December 1943 *Marshall Islands Operation, January-February 1944
Bombardment of Kwajalein Atoll January 1944
*Asiatic–Pacific raids, February-May 1944
*Truk and Marianas attacks, February 1944
Bombardment of Ponape Island, May 1944
*Hollandia Operation April 1944
*Marianas Operation April 1944
Bombardment of Saipan Island June 1944
Battle of Philippine Sea (“Marianas Turkey Shoot”) June 1944
Palau, Yap and Ulithi Raids July 1944
*Western Caroline Islands Operation August-October 1944
Capture and occupation of Southern Palau Islands September-October 1944
* Leyte Operation October-December 1944
3rd Fleet supporting operations, Okinawa attack October 1944
Luzon raids and support of Mindoro landing November – December 1944
*Okinawa Gunto Operation, May-June 1945
Air Strikes on Tokyo Plains, Northern Honshu, Hokkaido, July-August 1945
Bombardment of Hitachi, Honshu July 1945
Bluejacket Company in 3rd Fleet Naval Landing Force, Yokosuka, September 1945
Anchored in Tokyo Bay September 5, 1945
Damage Inflicted on Enemy:
Over 1250 16-inch projectiles fired during shore bombardments
22 planes shot down during attacks on our Carrier Task Forces
Damage Received from Enemy:
History Since End of World War II
Unit of U.S. Pacific Fleet September 1945 – March 1946
Unit of U.S. 19th Reserve Fleet April-December 1946
Out of commission, in reserve January 1947 – June 1964
Sailed Seattle under tow 21 July 1964
Transited Panama Canal 26 August 1964 Arrived Mobile (total miles towed, 5600) 14 September 1964 Dedicated and opened to visitors 9 January 1965
Erected 1965 by U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Commission.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, World II • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 9, 1947.
Location. 30° 40.898′ N, 88° 0.877′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Memorial can be reached from Battleship Parkway (U.S. 90) east of Dunlap Drive. The Marker panel is on the port-side quarterdeck at the end of the pedestrian bridge from the "Horace O. Davis Souvenir and Gift Shop Building" - together with three other plaques acknowledging the work of the Battleship Commission's early membership. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile AL 36601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Take Her Down!" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Submarine Lookout Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial to USS Herring (SS-233) (within shouting distance of this marker); Horace O. DavisTristan de Luna y Arellano (about 300 feet away); The Fallen Guardians Monument (about 700 feet away); B-52D "Stratofortress" (about 800 feet away); The Five Crommelin Brothers of Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
Also see . . . Battleship USS Alabama. (Submitted on June 22, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
1. During Hurricane Katrina ...2005
Alabama suffered damage which resulted in an eight-degree list to port, and shifting at her permanent anchorage. (The families of 18 museum employees were aboard during Katrina)
— Submitted July 17, 2013.
Additional keywords. National Historic Landmark; Battleship Memorial Park
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 995 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on June 13, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on June 19, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 20, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 6, 7. submitted on June 22, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 8, 9. submitted on July 17, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 10. submitted on June 22, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.