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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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Springfield, Virginia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
12 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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 reviews 5 reviews
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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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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Dryden, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

lots of historical plaques to read out side on the 'deck' of the ship (the lawn ringed by cement to the correct size of the original ship with guns, rails etc(from the ship) placed around at different points. Then there is the bridge of the ship the museum its self, packed full of scale models, uniforms, artifacts, and documentaries of... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We were a little disappointed to find the memorial is parts of the ship not the full ship. But after watching the 30 minute video and speaking with the volunteer we are glad we visited. I wouldn't go out of my way to go but if you're traveling thru the area and you appreciate our servicemen and women, please stop... More 

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11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

After all my planning of South Dakota I didn't see this attraction in anything until we were already on our way and I found it in a AAA book. I'm glad we did! My dad is a Navy Veteran and he highly enjoyed it. My mom and I enjoyed it also but not as well as I know he did.... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The layout of the park is really interesting & the gentleman who was volunteering was so nice. He spent a lot of time with us as we were his only visitors that Sunday morning. Thanks for the tour.

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