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“A Piece of History in Sioux Falls!”

USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial
Ranked #10 of 72 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.
Reviewed 29 June 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!

2  Thank macuser64
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Reviewed 28 May 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.

2  Thank Robert W
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

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.

1  Thank Chris J
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Reviewed 20 April 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.

8  Thank joseph sandling s
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

As hard as it is to believe, South Dakota hosts relics to the most celebrated naval vessal of WWII. The USS South Dakota was dismantled years ago, but many of her parts are preserved in an outdoor museum in Sioux Falls. Inside the museum, there are photgraphs, ammunition shells, flags, and other pieces of its history. The ceiling is even made from wood from one of the ship's decks! If you are a history buff, this is a definate must-see attraction!
I have relatives who served in WWII, and having a chance to pay tribute their naval service at this museum was an honor for me.

3  Thank VanEsq12
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