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“World War II History”

USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial
Ranked #9 of 66 things to do in Sioux Falls
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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.
Little Elm, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
439 reviews
173 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
“World War II History”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

One of the most decorated battleships of WWII, the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial is a great tribute to those who fought so bravely to protect our freedoms. The memorial is laid out in a manner that gives you a feel of the size of the ship. Along the grounds are various markers for the battles in which the USS SD participated. On our particular visit, they had just finished up with a tribute to the livingWWII sailors who were on the ship and it was great to hear their stories first hand. The inside of the memorial featurs donated photos, uniforms, etc. They are oddly laid out but that does not diminish the overall impact of the memorial. If in Sioux Falls and you are interested in history or the Navy, take an hour or so and visit the memorial, learn a few things and pay your respects.

Visited June 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A Piece of History in Sioux Falls!”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

My son and I went the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial earlier today and really enjoyed it. I teach social studies and my late father served in WWII, so that time period is of great interest to me. My son, also an avid historian of WWII at the age of 12, asked to visit this memorial and he was lucky to get his picture taken by two WWII veterans who served on the USS South Dakota.

The museum houses old uniforms from WWI and WWII, letters home, notices to families of the deaths of their loved ones, General MacArthur's dining room chairs from the Philippines, and many more interesting things.

Outside the building is a life size outline of the USS South Dakota with crow's nest, propellor, etc.

This piece of history should receive more attention! It was really interesting!

Visited June 2013
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2 Thank macuser64
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Fremont, Nebraska
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Nice but not great”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

If you are a history buff it would be a great place to visit. Volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable. Price is free so it is recommended. Wouldn't pay to much to see it.

Visited May 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Free though somewhat bizarre display”
Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

This exhibit is absolutely free, and is something like a city park with a battleship sunk into it. There are really only a few bits and pieces of the ship: barrel of a 16" gun, barrels of a smaller deak gun, the mast, a reinforced hatch door, propellor, part of the wooden decking, radar, and i think an anchor. The pieces are placed approximatley where they would have been on the ship, but all on a level. Therefore, the propellor is at the same level as the deck gun... There's really no other way to do it, but it does add a certain strangeness to the exhibit. There seemed to be a small visitor center or gift shop, but it was closed when I visited. If you are interested in history, particuarly WWII history, this is worth a visit. There are only a couple of these shps still around, and if you cant see a whole one, you may as well see a partial! If you don't care for history, I wouldn't bother making the effort.

Visited May 2013
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Wilmington, North Carolina
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“uss south dakota”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

People do not realize that after the battle of midway the Japanese Navy was way more powerful than ours, and at Santa Cruz the Enterprise probably would not have survived without the South Dakota by her side, and South Dakota went to the Battle of Guadalcanal with damage from a bomb hit at Santa Cruz. The ship fought throughout the war and was chosen by Halsey, Nimitz, and King to be the ship chosen for the surrender, but the new president Truman chose Missouri because his nephew was on that one, and it was a new ship from his state.

Visited August 2012
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