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See original [film, photographs & speech] of the USS Alabama being launched

On January 9, 1965 “the battleship USS Alabama was dedicated in Mobile as a World War II memorial. Commissioned in August 1942, the Alabama served primarily in the Pacific, earning nine battle stars. She was awarded to the state in 1964 through the efforts of the USS Alabama Battleship Commission, and since her dedication has become a primary Mobile tourist attraction.” (Alabama Department of Archives and History)


We found another film of the beginning of the USS Alabama from 1940 when they were laying the keel and it was only a little more than a dream. According to the film, the Alabama was the first warship to be built in Norfolk, Virginia in twenty years. Senator Harry Bird of Virgina is seen in the pictures as he drove in the first divot. Scroll down the page and you will see the names of other many of the representatives from Alabama in this historic film.

Did you serve on the USS Alabama?

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. Alabama was commissioned on August 16, 1942, with Captain George B. Wilson in command and served in World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

Construction started on the ship on February 1, 1940, and it was launched February 16, 1942.

Below is the actual, unedited video of her launch from the National Archives in 1942. The original film was silent. The navy song at the end is from 1942.

USS Alabama

USS Alabama

Photograph below includes the following in Attendance at the USS Alabama Launch (ADAH)

George William Andrews (1906 -1971)

Frank William Boykin (1885-1969)

George McInvale (1897-1982)

Samuel Francis Hobbs (1887-1952)

Peterson Bryant Jarman (1892-1955)

Frank Knox (1874-1944)

John Sparkman (1899-1985)

USS Alabama launch ceremony

USS Alabama ceremony2

The Battleship USS Alabama (TopDrawings) The battleship USS Alabama is one of the very few “big ones” that saw service in World War II and survive to this day as museum ships.

 

Served in World War II

The USS Alabama served in World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. She was decommissioned in 1947 and assigned to the reserve duty. She was retired in 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 donations.

USS Alabama launched

School children throughout Alabama contributed to its preservation

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 donations.

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. You can visit and tour the USS Alabama at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park on Mobile Bay.

One of the more famous crew members on the USS Alabama was the legendary pitcher Bob Feller, nicknamed “The Heater from Van Meter”, “Bullet Bob”, and “Rapid Robert”, an American baseball pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball pitchers ever to play the game.  For more on Bob Feller check out this great video on him.

"Bob Feller in Navy" by U.S. Navy Photograph - http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/images/i02000/i02847.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bob_Feller_in_Navy.jpg#/media/File:Bob_Feller_in_Navy.jpg
“Bob Feller in Navy” by U.S. Navy Photograph – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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183 comments

  1. Jimmy Banks

    We been there aint we Candy Banks.then to hospital to sew up your noggin.Told you not to run

    1. Carl Ernest Green

      I spent a few nights on board with the Scouts. That running always got somebody hurt.

    2. Denise Gentry Atkisson

      Us Munford folks cause commotion where ever we go. My sister Debby had a claustrophobic panic attack in the belly of the ship and had to be carried out! You went to high school with her!

  2. Amy Duck-Thomas

    I grew up fasinated by this mighty ship…always loved the star at Christmas..

  3. Freddy Wheeler

    It was an honor today, to visit the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis,Md. I saw the young faces and know we have nothing to fear except our own resolve.

  4. Yvonne George

    I remember collecting pennies to dredge the bay to bring the USS Alabama here( was the early 60’s)

    1. Alabama Pioneers

      I forgot about that. Thank you for reminding us.

    2. Alabama Pioneers

      I forgot about that. Thank you for reminding us.

    3. Jeff Evans

      And while in school standing outside for the donations to move her to Mobile.

    4. Denise Upton Marcus

      I think every child in school then helped raise money to get her home. I still have the life time pass they gave out for raising a certain amount..

      1. Yes I also still that ticket!

    5. Scott Freeman

      My dad told me stories of him doing that . Wish he were still here to tell me more

  5. Yvonne I remember that doing that in 1962 I was in 2nd grade.

  6. Sam Duck

    I spent the night on this ship a couple of times as a scout leader. Amazing experience.

  7. Sam Duck

    I spent the night on this ship a couple of times as a scout leader. Amazing experience.

  8. Denise Gentry Atkisson

    Is it still there? Seems I heard it had been removed, it and the USS Drum, a submarine, too. Sure hope not. One of my greatest memories is of coveting every inch with my dad as my tour guide. Before we finished we had a group of about 25, 2 being employees! He was fascinating. He had not served on a battleship, but an escort, USS Eldridge of the Philadelphia Experiment fame. He still knew secret hiding places and cubby holes in the darndest p!aces. Great memories!!

    1. Yes, she’s still there. They removed the SS Drum from the water. The Drum is now sitting in part of the parking lot.

    2. Battleship Memorial Park celebrated our 53rd birthday in January. We are the home to the National Historic Landmarks battleship USS ALABAMA, submarine USS DRUM and our Aircraft Pavilion which houses our historic aircraft and military vehicle collection. We are so glad you have these wonderful memories of your father. Please visit us again!

  9. Denise Gentry Atkisson

    Is it still there? Seems I heard it had been removed, it and the USS Drum, a submarine, too. Sure hope not. One of my greatest memories is of coveting every inch with my dad as my tour guide. Before we finished we had a group of about 25, 2 being employees! He was fascinating. He had not served on a battleship, but an escort, USS Eldridge of the Philadelphia Experiment fame. He still knew secret hiding places and cubby holes in the darndest p!aces. Great memories!!

    1. Lance Gilliland

      Yes it is still in mobile al and open daily to public… U can reserve times to stay the night

      1. Our overnight program is limited to Scouts, church youth groups and ROTC. Please visit our website for information on the Overnight Program. Thanks –

    2. Denise Gentry Atkisson

      Wow! When my family went it was just open for tours! Gotta get busy making a plan! Thanks

  10. Charles Carlisle Jr.

    She’s still there and still open to the public! The drum is still there too but has been pulled out of the water and is setting high and dry in the park!

  11. Jerrell Abney

    Served on the USS Iowa bb-61 the ships r amazing seen all the guns fire in Guantanamo bay during the eighties

  12. Bill Stringer

    The ship being launched in the video is not the Alabama, no big guns and it’s too small.

    1. Craig Starr

      Turrets were not installed in dry dock. Tall in the draft because its just a hull. No tonnage or oil in the tanks.

  13. Charlie Hadden

    I watched it the day it was being towed into Mobile Bay. I was working at Brookley AFB at the time and took a photo.

  14. Sherron Hayes

    Enjoyed my visit on both…. When I was there visiting while seeing the DRUM San actual crew member came on with some friend…. He told all about things that happened while he. Was a crew member….we were lucky to get by chance to hear his stories!

  15. Scott Freeman

    Share photo Charlie hadden that would be great to see

  16. Bill Coffey

    A great history. Visited her this past summer with my wife.

  17. Veronica Kahoun

    Tim Wilson, I have been aboard this ship in Mobile Bay.just a couple of years ago. And the sub USS DRUM, was there, too…..Don’t think they’re going anywhere. The vintage airplanes, and other memorabilia are permanent…..

  18. Caleb Vines

    I love working on her back in 1995-1997

  19. Ken Hammett

    My first supervisor at Brookley AFB was a member of the Sheriff’s Flotilla that escorted the Alabama into Mobile Bay to it’s final resting place near the US 90 Causeway….1964.

  20. Tyler Tidwell

    I have been to see it in Mobile, truly amazing. My father was a Cub Scout leader and he and the Cubs (Boy Scouts) got to stay the night in it.

  21. Jason Givens

    Been there many times. Rode by it a few weeks ago.

  22. Ric Holley

    I believe she is credited with 9 battle stars !!

  23. Andy Wilson

    My Uncle’s name is on that ship.

    1. Kevin Spurlin

      Your uncle must be a plank owner! Cool!

  24. Larry Salter

    Whut Appened To The 1st
    5 Named After a The US State Of Alabama ???
    Whurr Are They Now. ???
    Thnx Mr. Wolf Blitzer

    1. Chris Gunn

      One is shipwrecked off the coast of England, but I think it’s a Confederate ship.

  25. Pat Addaway

    We took the kids to see it when they were young..

  26. Tommy Davenport

    Thats so Beautiful. I want to go there and check that out and take pix of it too.

  27. Marilyn O

    Students donated toward bringing the US Alabama to the Causeway in 1965. We were given a free one time ticket for our donation. This is the ship’s 50th year here and the 50th reunion for my graduating class.

  28. Manu Garcia

    Saw it in the way to New Orleans!

  29. It was an annual trip to take the Cub Scouts from Pac-10 at Northside Methodist Academy to the USS Alabama and spend the night. I would tell them stories of my Marine Corps days! Never once had an injury with any of the boys! Semper Fi

  30. Sarah Bailey

    Took my 2 young sons there many years ago!! We all love it!!

  31. Caleb Jeter

    I have been there I loved it. It was amazing

  32. Annette

    I donated money too, still have the little receipt someplace into archives. Think was about 1961.

  33. John McGee

    William B. Walthall…. Thanks Bill. I’ve been on the USS Alabama many times. I always like seeing Bob Feller’s bunk. He was the Hall of Fame Pitcher with the Cleaveland Indians. I had a chance to meet him and talk to him one time. Great ship!

  34. Bill Howard

    I was in first grade when the call went out to all the students to help pay for the towing fees from the West coast to Mobile, (still a long distance record for sea towing I believe), for the Alabama. She was scheduled to be scrapped but everyone donated, campaigned and organized fund raisers and brought The ‘Lucky A’ home to Mobile in the ’60’s. I see her almost everyday — it’s a beautiful ship and a tribute to the people who built her.

  35. Ted Johnson

    My family was on a vacation in 1968 and we stopped to see the USS Alabama. It was the highlight of my trip that year.

  36. Curtis Norris

    Thanks Jim. Great post.

  37. Randy A Boyer

    I am staying less than a mile from it in Mobile this week.

  38. Herman A. Burney Jr.

    I have been on this battleship numerous times. I even had the privilege of spending the night on the battle ship with my grandson, for a boy scout event, years ago. I had a blast and will never forget it. Thank You Jason Alan Floyd for including me in your plans.

  39. Bob Coffey

    Went aboard in Mobil years ago

  40. Vicki Powell Hall

    Been there several times when I lived in the area. My children & grandsons loved going there with my Dad who acted as our tour guide. He had served on the USS Rich.

  41. Brian Reid

    Old battleships always make me smile. I served briefly on the Wisconsin in the 80’s when she was pulled out of mothballs and recommissioned.

  42. Lloyd James

    yep it was back in the 60 when they did that so it could come in to the bay,,i also help with the pennies to

  43. I remember raising money to bring her to Mobile. I kept the pass they gave us for many years, I didn’t want to use it because it was important to me. As a history teacher I took my students on field trips to see her. When I was in my fifties I took my granddaughter to see her and was proud of myself for being able to still view her from top to bottom. I don’t know if you know this but the Alabama led the Missouri in to Tokyo harbor. The documents of surrender were signed on the deck of the Missouri because President Truman was from Missouri.

  44. My grandfather, Frank W. Smith, was a first gunners mate on the ship. I have his war diary from the Alabama.

    1. What a treasure you have!

  45. Here are the original Feb. 1942 film, photographs & speech of the USS Alabama battleship, which is now a museum ship in Mobile, Alabama, being launched. THERE! Fixed it.

  46. Wayne Morrison

    We children of Alabama was all taking up change to save this ship.

  47. Bill Eslick

    I didn’t serve on her, but I helped to buy her. That’s MY battleship!

  48. Cyndia Anderson Reeves

    Yes, we gave our change to help being her home

  49. Happy Days

    I remember emptying coins from my piggybank and taking to school to help save her… what an honor and privilege. This small act gave us a connection to our state and nation.. Later we were able to tour Her in Mobile bay. We were all so PROUD to do our part…

  50. Marlin Pitman

    Raised money for this. Got a life time past, thought I’ll never get to see it and threw the past away.

  51. Odelie Barmettler

    I sure did donate my pennies and nickels.

  52. Dennis Lyles

    We are Bless to have the USS Alabama. So many other ships end up in the scrap heap.

    1. Tommy May

      And a lot were sunk with all men aboard… Glad we still have ours.

  53. Alvin G Rothe Jr

    We actually didn’t by the USS Alabama, she was given to the State of Alabama. We kids back in the early ’60’s raised money to have her towed from the mothball fleet in Bermerton, WA to Mobile, AL It cost about a million dollars and we kids raised about 100,000 dollars.

  54. Jon Byrd

    4th grade. Pennies. Lots of Monroe County pennies.

  55. George Watson

    I am from Mobile and gave money to bring her to Mobile

  56. Charlotte Logan Bush

    Yes! I was in the 4th grade. I received a free admission pass to visit just for donating. I held onto that card for several years in hopes of seeing one day. To this day, I still haven’t been to see it.

    1. Marlin Pitman

      Last time I was there a few years ago I asked if anyone ever showed up with the free pass from school. I was told once in awhile they still see one that someone has held on to.

  57. Jean Moore Sanderson

    James A. Moore, banker, was born December 10, 1839, near West Point, Clay County, Mississippi. He was the son of Thomas W. B. Moore and Elizabeth (Burton) Moore, the latter a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina and nephew of Andrew Barry Moore. His father, Thomas W. B. Moore was born in Spartanburg District, South Carolina in 1805, and was the first of the family to come to Alabama. He settled in Perry County, later going to Mississippi, where he married. He then settled in Clay County, Mississippi, where he lived for several years before moving to Palo Alto, Chickasaw County, Mississippi, where he died in 1855. He was an extensive planter, and going into Mississippi at an early date, 1828, became a pioneer of that state. – See more at: http://alabamapioneers.com/biography-james-a-moore-born-1839/#sthash.CCdrPOp0.dpuf This is my FAMILY in the Alabama Pioneers book. Who knew? Interesting. Thomas J. Moore was married twice. With his second wife, Mary Reagan, he had the children of Barry who went west. Thomas J. graduated at Athens College, Ga studied law, married Miss Irwin of Charlotte, NC bu soon died leaving a posthumous son, the late Dr RJ Moore of Richmond, VA. He was one of the most brilliant men Spartanburg County ever produced. Ann Moore married at 13 years of age a man named Crump, afterwards to Dr. Harrison and again to Mr. Martin of Mississippi. Amanda Moore, married frist Henderson and second Dr. Effinger of Portland, Oregon and had one child Emma. They are buried in Magnolia Cemetary in Spartanburg, SC.

  58. Jan Jones Sidorovich

    I remember giving dimes when I was in elementary school.

  59. Sheila Howard Drake

    I remember, I gave change and received a free pass too.

  60. Allan Ballard

    I remember giving as a kid.

  61. Randy McClendon

    I remember giving money to save the USS Alabama in elementary school. I remember how proud I felt that the ship was saved

    1. Becky McClendon Brady

      I too remember that Randy. Both of my grandsons have spent the night on the ship with their boy scout troop. The younger went this summer. While they were on the ship Nicholas Cage was filming a movie and allowed them to come on deck and watch. I wish I had been their, but no girls allowed.

    2. Randy McClendon

      Becky McClendon Brady, that’s so cool !

    3. Michael Maddux

      i was going to douglas at that time i think it was a quarter, is that becky that went to school with us and moved away???

  62. Bill Bolton

    I donated change when I was a kid.

  63. Dave Patterson

    I helped raise money to bring the Ship home.

  64. Nenna Suns Hamer

    All I had that day was 10 cents but I gave it for the USS Alabama.

  65. Mike Coker
  66. Rodney Cornelius

    Randy McClendon, I gave a quarter and I got a card good for one admission. I have been at least three times. I also contributed $15.00 to the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. Lee Iacocca led the drive. We chaperoned Douglas band to New York and my name was on the list on computer at the base of the statue as a contributor! We were able to climb to the top and I took a photo of the twin towers, which we also toured.

  67. Ruth Neighbors

    We gave change at school.

  68. Carl Ernest Green

    Sent in coins, years later spent the night on two different Scout trips. Can’t imagine what is must have been like with it full of sailors. What a great piece of history, that is worthy of support from our citizens.

  69. Rwandall West

    I know the naval chief in charge of the decommissioning of the u s s Alabama

  70. Marcus Ellis

    I’m lucky I get to see this ship several days a week, and so beautiful at night. Always amazed. Theresa not marc

  71. James Hammonds

    I gave a few cents, don’t remember when, and watched the progress as they towed the ship from the west coast to mobile. A few years ago I finally visited the great ship.

  72. John Rather

    I gave ….. 5th or 6 grade

  73. Sharon Jones

    My memories are: the USS Alabama was in Seattle, WA, I think. They were trying to raise funds to bring it to Mobile. The schoolchildren raised funds for this. They gave you a little book with spaces to fill in. A lady came by your class in the morning and you could buy a sticker to fill in the book, they were .25 cents each. You would put the sticker in the book and when all the book was filled you got to tour the battleship for free.

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  76. great tourist site for Mobile and so glad they preserved it. Always heard that a part of it is haunted. makes it more intriguing.

  77. Lynn Celeste Little-Robinson

    Still have my free admission ticket from 1964.

  78. Kenneth Garrett
  79. Victoria Stanz Abernathy

    Will totally awe you to go aboard. At least it did me many years ago. A feeling like no other.

  80. Carol Walters Carmichael

    This is the ship that taught me I could never go on a cruise. Several decks below I discovered I couldn’t see out. In a snap I was on deck and have never ventured below deck again on any ship. Talk about claustrophobia!!!!

    1. Perry G. Green

      I guessing you did not go into the submarine that is there also!

    2. Mike Holley

      I DON’T THINK THE SUB CAME UNTIL THE 70’S

  81. Mike Holley

    I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS SMALL IN SCHOOL IF WE GAVE A DONATION TO THE FUND TO GET IT HERE WE WERE GIVEN A LIFETIME PASS. WISH I KNEW WHAT HAPPENED TO IT.

    1. Roger Beal

      Same here. We brought in change as donations.

    2. Lisa Pelham

      At my school, we were asked to give a dime. I don’t remember getting a lifetime pass. It was a pretty smart way to collect money.

    3. Lowell Justice

      I remember our school taking in money to save the ship. I don’t remember about the free pass. I have been aboard the great Lady several years past. Still love seeing her just off I-10 when in Mobile.

  82. Earlene Sharp

    On my list of places to go

    1. David Sanders

      You will certainly enjoy it; We were there once when they had a reunion of the vets that served on it during the war; It was awesome!

  83. Ruth Morgan

    It sure is beautiful sitting right here in Mobile Bay

    1. Mike Holley

      CAN YOU IMAGINE 8 OF THOSE SITTING IN A ROW ? GIVES SOME PERSPECTIVE HOW BIG PEARL HARBOR WAS.

  84. Wilton Thompson

    Awesome right here in Our area.

  85. David Sanders

    Was in the 5th grade; remember very well the collection of change to get the ship to Alabama. Everyone that donated was given a free admission pass to visit the ship!

    1. Darlene Holland Kichler

      I remember that so well!! I still had my free pass about 15 years later when I got the opportunity to use it. It was awesome.

  86. Dale Dean

    My dad took me down to the Big Pier in Fairhope on the day she was brought through the ships channel…could barely see here, but I sure was excited.

  87. Rick McKee

    Everytime I visit the USS Alabama which I have been numerous times, still gives me chill bumps!

  88. Susan Black James

    Have toured this great ship. Waved to her several weeks ago on our way to Florida. She is awesome!

  89. Myra Barfoot

    My Dad proudly served on this ship

  90. Nan Taylor McLeod

    While in elementary school in Tuscaloosa, Ala., we gave money (probably quarters) to help bring this ship to Alabama. I have toured this warship and the submarine docked near it and can not comprehend how men could live in such cramped quarters, and fight battles on the high seas.

    1. Nan Taylor McLeod

      Netta Holley still has her pass!

    2. Bill Hodges

      The USS DRUM is the submarine

  91. Sandra Culwell

    AND WE HAVE VISITED THIS PARK ND SHIP ABOUT 6 TIMES. ALWAYS SEE SOMETHING YOU MISSED THE OTHER TIMES..LOVE THIS PLACE

  92. Jeff Finlayson

    My Boy Scout troop spent a weekend on USS Alabama in the mid-1980s. We had great time there!

    1. Wesley W. Bice

      I remember that weekend. We all had a great time.

  93. Joe Morris

    Love going to the Alabama. I’ve given family members tutorial tours of her and the Drum, diesel electric submarine

  94. Jacob Kelley

    So let me get this right. The state of Alabama had to raise money to bring the ship home to be state monument or tourist attraction? I have never heard of this before reading some of the comments below!

  95. Vernon Scott

    Spent the night on it in Boy Scouts.

  96. Tony Palmer

    Been there,and going back

  97. Suzanne Trice

    Plug , my father was one of the people for putting the Battleship. He piloted the tug ( or one of them ) . Random info !

  98. Buddy Bowden

    Been aboard her many times. She is a beautiful ship.

  99. Bobby Davis

    I too remember us raising money in school to help bring this ship to Alabama and it wasnt quarters for us it was pennies and nickles! I also one itme spent the night on board with my son when he was in boy scouts!

  100. Michael Kendrick

    I remember well gave what I had in my pocket. Still have the pass card they gave me somewhere. I need to find it and put on here.

  101. Michael Kendrick

    I did the Cub Scout two years in a row. What fun we had.

  102. Doris Lynch Parker

    This is awesome to go through

  103. Michelle Johnson King

    I was in the end grade and gave a dime to bring her back!!!

  104. On behalf of Battleship Memorial Park, I would like to thank Alabama Pioneers for this wonderful article. It warms our hearts to read all of the memories and experiences you have shared here. It is an honor for the staff to serve as stewards of the USS ALABAMA, and the USS DRUM. It was everyone across the state pulling together to help bring the USS ALABAMA to Mobile and install her as a veterans memorial, and now a WWII museum. Each year we welcome visitors from every state in the nation and tourists from across the globe. Your contributions helped create the park’s legacy. Thank you for being a part of the ALABAMA’s history.

  105. Danny Rodgers

    I help donate pennys at school for a few years to redo the ship.
    Elementary schools went to view after it was finished and set up.
    What a memory that was!

  106. My grandfather Captain Roy Tallon was on the tugboat that brought the USS Alabama back to Mobile.

  107. Ansley Leon

    My grandfather was the captain of the tugboat that brought the ship to Mobile.

  108. Phyllis Schrammel

    I remember going on that after it was finished. Don’t remember much, but I know I went!

  109. Guyles Clifford

    Visited it years ago. Bob Feller’s ship. Seems like there was also an SR 71 Blackbird there.

  110. James Manly Lee

    I used to enjoy the highway sign on I-10E that informed me I was now within range of her guns.

    1. Brian Moore

      James Manly Lee I remember that. I had forgot it until now.

    2. Phillip Lacoste

      James Manly Lee I never seen it. Any idea how far away that was? Just curious.

    3. James Manly Lee

      Challenging my memory, but at least in the ’90s into the early 2000’s. The other memorable sign was for the diner with the throwed rolls.

  111. Dave Cooper

    Donated my 25 cents worth to the towing operation.

  112. Joyce N Billy Lambert

    Our school took up money to bring it home. What a great project.

  113. William Quinley

    I also was one of the Alabama school children who donated to bring her home. I am still proud and love seeing every time I pass by. Especially love seeing the big American flag at the entrance to battleship park blowing in the wind.

  114. Bud Walker

    Funny to think that when this ship was retired and brought to Mobile, it was barely over 20 years old.

  115. Kathy Barnes

    I remember watching the dedication on TV My dad was on the ship.

  116. Nathan Todd

    Been there. They had a WWII sub there also when I was there. Talk about cramped.

  117. David Carver

    I donated 25 cents, I still have the little card they gave us for free admission. We took our kids and grandkids several times, everyone should visit it. They also have a submarine ,an SR 71 Blackbird and other planes.

  118. Andrew Redd

    I was one of those school kids who went to friends, neighbors and businesses collecting pennies, dimes, quarters and dollars to bring her home. We visited her shortly after she was opened to the public.

  119. Kathryn Yow Whaley

    And the USS Drum – wonder if it still there?

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