USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, Sioux Falls

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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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  • Was looking forward to this memorial as my father-in- law served on this ship in WW11. All the outsize displays were well maintained with signage that was easy to understand. We were slightly... 
    Was looking forward to this memorial as my father-in- law served on this ship in WW11. All the outsize displays were well maintained with signage that was easy to understand. We were slightly...  more »
  • Unable to bring the ship to Souux Falls, a group volunteers organized access to parts of the great Battle ship after it was demolished. Carefully though through this little museum gives you the... 
    Unable to bring the ship to Souux Falls, a group volunteers organized access to parts of the great Battle ship after it was demolished. Carefully though through this little museum gives you the...  more »
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  • One would never expect to see something like this in a downtown location. It's simply a very fascinating collection of memorabilia from WW 2 regarding the battleship USS South Dakota. Free entrance, very small parking lot (no RV or trailer parking). One could easily spend several hours here going through all of the collected materials. Excellent place for those with an interest in military history. Would highly recommend.
  • This is a good 1 hour stop while in Sioux Falls. Although the actual battle ship is no more, they created an illusion of you standing on the ship. You can see the guns and the radar etc .. If you speak into the large gun at one end, your friend can hear your cool echo through the other end! Try it. Fun fact: USS South Dakota was the most decorated battleship in WWII.

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