The USS Alabama (commissioned August 16, 1942) served in the North Atlantic in 1943 and subsequently the South Pacific. With a crew of 2,500 the USS Alabama led the American Fleet in to Tokyo Bay for the formal Japanese surrender at the conclusion of WWII September 5th 1945.
The Alabama was slated to be scrapped by the early 1960's but was saved and became the anchor attraction at the Veterans Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama (opened to the public January 1965).
Today the park is commonly known as the USS Alabama Memorial Park.
The park also includes an Aircraft pavilion with an array of more than 28 War Birds, including a P-51 Mustang, B-25 Mitchell bomber, C-47 (DC3) Sky Train, F-4 Phantom, Russian Mig-17, and a Marine One presidential helicopter. The park also includes tanks and artillery displays, and the WWII submarine USS Drum.
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