ALABAMA, USS (Battleship)
- It was declared a National Historic Landmark on January
Commissioned in August 1942, the 35,000-ton
ALABAMA is one of only two surviving SOUTH DAKOTA class
battleships built as part of America's preparations for war
should it come. ALABAMA spent 40 months in active service in the
Pacific during the Second World War. She participated in 26
engagements including the bombardment that demolished Japan's
engineering works on Honshu. ALABAMA earned nine battle stars on
her Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign ribbon. Decommissioned in
1947, the ship was transferred to the state of Alabama in 1964.
The Landmark received a Save America's
Treasures grant of $250,000 in 2002.
As a result of Hurricane Katrina, the Alabama
was listing about 5 degrees to starboard (right) . Efforts to
right the ship, in conjunction with the on-going hull
restoration project, are underway.