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“Tribute to the heroes that served aboard her in WWII” 5 of 5 stars
Review of USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial

USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial
Sherman Park, 12 St and Kiwanis Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57101
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Ranked #12 of 20 Attractions in Sioux Falls
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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Owner description: 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.
Bolingbrook, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Tribute to the heroes that served aboard her in WWII”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

I'm so proud that my father served on the USS South Dakota during World War II, and this museum and memorial are a tribute to him and to all of the other brave men who served aboard her. We had a wonderful tour of the museum by Opal, who was very knowledgeable about the history of this ship. It made me wish that more mementoes of the ship had been saved before she was scrapped. Very informative to learn some history about some of the battles in the Pacific during WWII.
It's only open during certain months of the year so check ahead if you want to visit.

Visited September 2013
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Sacramento, California
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“"Battleship X"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Walk the outline of the ship and see the items taken off before it was scrapped after WW II. Watch the 30-min. video inside. Free and interesting.

Visited September 2013
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Buffalo, New York
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“Ship ahoy!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

OK, what is a battleship - sort of - doing in a park in the middle of Sioux Falls?

The good folks of South Dakota had a problem when the USS South Dakota went out of service. They wanted to have it in their state, but there was no obvious place to put it.

So ... they took some parts of it, and placed it within a cement outline that exactly matched the dimensions of the boat (as in 680 feet long). Presto - instant tourist attraction.

It does take a little while to recognize what you are seeing when pulling up to Sherman Park. But eventually, the purpose becomes apparent. There is a small museum/gift shop on the grounds. And it's free.

This is a nice enough tribute as far as it goes, but it's a short stop at best unless you have a strong interest in military history.

Visited August 2013
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Dakota Dunes, South Dakota
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“Nice”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

It was nice to see this place. We had read about it in the visitors guide and it was very close to the hotel we stayed at, within walking distance.

Visited August 2013
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Lake Orion, United States
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“Vacationer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Great history! A lot of pictures and stories of the crew and how it was know as Battleship X. No charge but leave a donation, they need the help.

Visited June 2013
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