USS South Dakota - BB57 Holds Reunion 2013
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The USS South Dakota 2nd Generation Group held its 23rd reunion for crewmembers and their families June 27-29 in Sioux Falls. It marked the 44th anniversary (1969-2013) of the Battleship USS South Dakota Memorial.
USS South Dakota Memorial
Most warships are built for an active career of 20 or 30 years. The USS South Dakota was in commission less than five. But in that short lifetime she covered herself with more honors and glory than most other ships realize in much longer periods of service.
Because of her World War II exploits against the Japanese in the South Pacific, this mighty battleship became a legend before she was a year old. She caught the fancy of the American people when her heroics were reported in newspapers under the titles of "battleship X" and "Old Nameless."
Spurred by the Navy's announcement that it was going to scrap the battleship, a number of South Dakota citizens banded together to save part of the famous old "Battleship X." The memorial was completed in 1969 and dedicated with appropriate ceremonies September 7, 1969.
As Vice Admiral Bernard F. Roeder stated at the memorial's dedication, "This grand memorial shall stand in quiet triburte to a man-of-war - a Navy fighting ship that did its best for her country."
The memorial, located on the corner of 12th Street and Kiwanis, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.