USS Alabama

by Colwyn Raum

The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is a fantastic way to visit the battleship USS Alabama and the submarine USS Drum. I think you should really visit it. By the way, did you know that there were at least seven other ships named Alabama?


The USS Alabama is also called the Mighty A. The USS Alabama is 75 years old. It was commissioned in 1942 and fought in WW2.  It was launched on February 16, 1942, and was decommissioned on January 9, 1947. Its sister ships are the USS Massachusetts, the USS Indiana, and the USS South Dakota. The USS Alabama was brought to Mobile bay, Alabama in 1964. It weighs 42,500 tons and is 680 feet in length from stem to stern.  The ship’s length is half of the height of the Empire State Building.  The USS Alabama had 130,000 horsepower engines.  Originally, the USS Alabama was to be scrapped, but it was turned into a museum instead.

The captain of the USS Alabama was Captain George B. Wilson.  The USS Alabama’s first deployments were in the Orkney Islands, Newfoundland, and Norway. She spent most of the war after that fighting the Japanese in the Pacific. The USS Alabama fired 1250 shells, and shot down 22 enemy aircraft. She never incurred any damage, nor lost any men due to enemy action. This gave her the additional nickname, the Lucky A.


It costs $6 for kids, $15 for adults, and $13 for seniors. Hours are: Mon-Thu 8am-3pm, Fri-Sat 8am-4pm, and Sun 8am-3pm. You can check out aircraft, tanks, and artillery as well. You can host private parties and birthday parties there. There is also a program for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and church groups where you can stay overnight in the USS Alabama (In the bunks, of course). It’s $20 per person for admission.

Again, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is a wonderful way for people to see the battleship, submarine, aircraft, artillery, and tanks in person. I would recommend it to people (and kids!) who want to see a battleship, but don’t want to leave the state of Alabama to see one. You can even pretend to man one (or two) of the guns.

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