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Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

United States Ship Alabama (BB-60)

 

—Battleship Memorial Park —

 
United States Ship <i>Alabama</i> (BB=60) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 26, 2013
1. United States Ship Alabama (BB=60) Marker
Inscription.
Named for the State of Alabama.
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
Fleet Assignments:
U.S. Atlantic Fleet - August 1942 – April 1943
British Home Fleet – May 1942 – August 1943
U.S. Pacific Fleet: September 1943 – September 1945

Operations:
[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
*Palau, Yap, Ulithi and Wolei Raids, March 1944
Bombardment of Ponape Island, May 1944
*Hollandia Operation April 1944
*Marianas Operation April 1944
Bombardment of Saipan Island June
USS <i>Alabama</i> marker (third panel from left) - together with three other panels acknowledging image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 26, 2013
2. USS Alabama marker (third panel from left) - together with three other panels acknowledging
Capt. James Guest Twing, USNR, other contributors, and members of the Battleship Alabama Memorial Commission.
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:
None


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
Transferred to the State of Alabama 11 June 1964
Sailed Seattle under tow 21 July 1964
Transited Panama Canal 26 August 1964 Arrived Mobile (total miles towed, 5600) 14
U.S.S. <i>Alabama</i> (BB-60) - a National Historic Landmark since 1986 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 26, 2013
3. U.S.S. Alabama (BB-60) - a National Historic Landmark since 1986
September 1964 Dedicated and opened to visitors 9 January 1965
 
Erected 1965 by U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 30° 40.898′ N, 88° 0.877′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker can be reached from Battleship Parkway (U.S. 90) east of Dunlap Drive. Touch for map. 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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile AL 36601, United States of America.
 
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. Davis (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); B-52D "Stratofortress" (about
Rendering of U S S <i>Alabama</i> (BB-60) on the Alabama Battleship Commission panel image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 26, 2013
4. Rendering of U S S Alabama (BB-60) on the Alabama Battleship Commission panel
800 feet away); The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Unheralded Breed of Soldier (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vickery's Bridge (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.)
 
Additional comments.
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
 
Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
United States Ship <i>Alabama</i> (BB-60) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 26, 2013
5. United States Ship Alabama (BB-60)
- a visitor to the landmark poses on the ship's forecastle, in front of her forward 16 inch guns.
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United States Ship <i>Alabama</i> (BB-60) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 26, 2013
6. United States Ship Alabama (BB-60)
Haze gray on Mobile Bay
View from the ship's main deck toward the park's "Horace O. Davis Souvenir and Gift Shop Building" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 26, 2013
7. View from the ship's main deck toward the park's "Horace O. Davis Souvenir and Gift Shop Building"
with the restored WWII submarine, USS Drum (SS-228), partially visible behind the museum building (upper middle), and items from the Battleship Park's collection of vintage military aircraft and vehicles on display around the visitors' parking area.
United States Ship <i>Alabama</i> (BB-60) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 27, 1998
8. United States Ship Alabama (BB-60)
United States Ship <i>Alabama</i> (BB-60) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 27, 1998
9. United States Ship Alabama (BB-60)
Vietnam-era USAF F-4 Phantom II - on display at entrance to the Battleship Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 26, 2013
10. Vietnam-era USAF F-4 Phantom II - on display at entrance to the Battleship Memorial Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 767 times since then and 76 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.
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