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USS South Dakota Memorial


MWalsh
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I was recently in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and had the chance to visit the memorial to the U.S.S South Dakota BB-57, a WW2 era battleship.

 

It is an interesting memorial in that it has some parts & components of the South Dakota & oter battleships on display, all displayed and laid out inside a well designed concrete structure which is laid out in the same size & shape & dimensions as that of the original battleship. As a result, photographing the entire thing was difficult due to its sheer size, the fact that it was in a landscaped park, and due to the fact that with 40mph winds, I nearly froze as it was that day!

 

The pics show the major features of the memorial. I had toured the battleship USS New Jersey several years ago, it was amazing to see, seeing the South Dakota memorial reminded me of the size of these ships!

 

Enjoy!

 

MW

 

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Thats about it. I tried taking some others, but evidentally my camera batteries (which kept failing due to the cold!) did not save the other shots I thought I had taken.

 

There is actually a museum there too, it was of course closed down for the season though. And finally, here is a link to the website for the memorial & museum:

 

http://www.siouxfallsparks.org/ContactUs/p...leship_Memorial

 

MW

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"Lookout to Captain! Walgreen's dead ahead!"

 

Sorry... couldn't resist.

 

Perhaps one day they could add a row of trees or a berm to set the area off better.

 

Actually this is a pretty neat concept for a ship memorial. As cold as it was this weekend in this part of the wordl I can believe your camera froze up.

 

Sioux Falls is right up the road. Thanks for sharing, but I hope to see it in warmer weather.

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MW - great pix. Thanks for enduring the elements to share this with The Forum. A really interesting memorial; quite unique. I loved the story on the plaque about how South Dakota earned the nickname Battleship X. Cool!

 

Gil - I was thinking the very same thing about the Walgreens. Funny!

Terry

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Fantastic, thanks for the tour of Battleship X. What a great way to remember a ship in the landlocked area of South Dakota. As a Walgreens employee I have to say "hard a'port!"

Tom Bowers

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