USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, Sioux Falls

4.3
USS South Dakota was a battleship in the United States Navy, in active service from 1942 until 1947. The lead ship of her class, South Dakota was the third ship of the US Navy to be named in honor of the 40th state. The four ships of the class are considered to be the most efficient battleships designed under the limitations of the Washington Naval Treaty. During World War II, the battleship first served a tour in the Pacific theater, where it fought in two battles in 1942 that earned the ship and its crew a Navy Unit Commendation before returning to New York in December 1942 for an overhaul and battle repairs. In May 1943, South Dakota joined British Home Fleet patrols in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans before sailing again to the Pacific in August 1943. There, South Dakota participated in combat operations preparatory to the invasion of Japan until returning to the United States in October 1945.Calvin Graham, believed to be the youngest US serviceman to enlist and fight in World War II, enlisting at the age of twelve, served aboard South Dakota in 1942 and 1943 as a loader for a 40 mm anti-aircraft gun, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart Medal.
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  • Based on the location (landlocked midwest) it turned out to be surprisingly more than I expected. For several years now I've became quite interested in battleships and their histories. Being from...  more »
  • You certainly get the feel for the length and breadth of this battleship. Although only parts of the ship are there your mind does fill in the rest. Might not be conventional but if you hab=ve never....  more »
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  • Interesting little museum. We had a couple hours to kill so stopped at this Museum. It had several side stories that brought a personal side to it. The movie had a lot of information in it. The outside being an outline of the ship with guns, propeller and anchor was cool. So, my kids who have explored the Battleship Texas were a little disappointed that there wasn't a "real" battleship to see. However, the museum is well done and the lady who was working was very nice and informative. She gave great information and history lessons! I wouldn't drive out of the way to visit, but it is a great stop if you're already in the area.
  • Outline of the most decorated ship of world war 2. With gun placements an a decent museum with free entry. They take and you should give donations.

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