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USS Alabama (BB-60), a South Dakota-class battleship, was the sixth ship of the United States Navy named after the US state of Alabama. She was commissioned in 1942 and served in World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Alabama accumulated nine U.S. Navy battle stars for her World War II service.

According to data found at the USS Alabama Monument in Mobile, Alabama, this battleship fired over 1,250 16 in (410 mm) shells on the enemy during supporting bombardments, shot down 22 enemy aircraft and never incurred any damage due to enemy action. Alabama suffered only five casualties during the war, the result of one of the ship's guns accidentally firing on one of the ship's other guns. She did not lose a single man due to enemy action, thus earning it the nickname the "Lucky A".

Alabama was decommissioned on 9 January 1947, at the Naval Station at Seattle, Washington, and from there sent to the Bremerton Group of the United States Pacific Reserve Fleet. She remained at Bremerton until stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 June 1962.

Alabama citizens formed the "USS Alabama Battleship Commission" to raise funds for the preservation of Alabama as a memorial to the men and women who served in World War II. Nearly $100,000 was raised by Alabama schoolchildren, mostly in the form of small change, and a corporate fund raising effort completed the nearly $1 million donation.

In 1964, Alabama was taken to Mobile Bay and opened as a museum ship the following year. The ship was added to the National Historic Landmark registry in 1986.

Visitors are allowed to view the inside of the main gun turrets and anti-aircraft guns. The powder magazine was opened to the public through some holes that were cut, and stairs put in. 

USS Alabama has been used in many films from 1988. The last of them has been  "USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage" starring Nicolas Cage. Filming began in Mobile on June 22, 2015.

I leave a few clips filmed in 2015 and 2016 of the USS Alabama Memorial Park in Mobile. Enjoy with them!


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