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USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial

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Address: Sherman Park, 12 St and Kiwanis Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57101
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Description: Honoring the most decorated battleship of World War II, this memorial is a...
Honoring the most decorated battleship of World War II, this memorial is a full-size outline of the ship with artifacts from the ship positioned in it.
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A little known and visited memorial

The battleship has a couple of artifacts that are actually from the now scrapped USS South Dakota. I found the small "hatch" interesting, a total weight of several thousand... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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Springfield, Virginia
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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We were on a road trip and saw this on the map, we stopped off and it was great you get a real sense of how big the boat was and there are many plaques to read which tells you all the battles it fought in. You are free to walk around and take in the construction of the memorial... More 

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Buena Park, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We weren't able to see the ship as it is underground. It was closed that day. I can't make a review on this one. You will just have to see for yourselves. Hope to see it next time.

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Diane D, President, Board of Directors at USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, responded to this review

The memorial is open every day from 9:30 - 5:30 until the end of September. The door is unlocked and you are welcome to enter and look around. There is nothing underground. The concrete outline in the grass shows how big the ship was. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Very interesting. Very educational. A lot of about the ship and crew. Excellent large scale model of the ship. Very large pieces of the ship including 16 inch gun barrels.

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Hastings, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We thought it was some sort of cheesy fake battleship, only to discover all the actual components that had been salvaged and the incredible number of personal artifacts inside! It was a wonderful surprise for our Memorial Day!

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Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The battleship has a couple of artifacts that are actually from the now scrapped USS South Dakota. I found the small "hatch" interesting, a total weight of several thousand pounds. I liked that a concrete recreation of the shape of the ship allowed me to appreciate how big it was...although with more than 2,000 people on it during combat, it... More 

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Bedford, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

A great memorial to a great battleship of the US Navy. The outline of the ship is massive. Tle history of this ship is unbelievable. It is well worth the time to gain an understanding of the role of this battleship as it served it's country.

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Watertown, South Dakota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

While I have an appreciation for any Veterans Memorial, this would not be my choice to bring someone to show. While I understand that the things arranged on the ground are supposed to give you an appreciation of the size of the ship, it just doesn't do anything for me.

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Bremerton, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Having driven through South Dakota several times on cross -country trips, I have yet to be here when the museum is open due to either the time of year or time of day that it is open. (They are open May 1 - September 30). That being said, it is a very interesting walk. On the park grounds, an outline... More 

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East Grand Forks, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is a must see for history/military buffs. Very cool setup and a ton of great pictures to see. Worth the visit.

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Saco, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Nice idea, but not much there. Does give some idea of the size of the battleship, or least its footprint. We just happened to drive by it and didn't stop to see much up close.

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Address: Address: Sherman Park, 12 St and Kiwanis Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Sioux Falls

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