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.Take the guesswork out of planning a Sioux Falls vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial Reviews
Our family loved it. We have 2 kids (10 &7) and we spent about an hour there and could of done more. Well worth the stop and would love to see it again. more »
The main building was closed when I was there. The outside was a cool 10 minute visit.
The staff are very knowledgeable about what the battleship was and have provided information that, even as a sailor, I didn't know
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