USS South Dakota Photo Gallery
Two days out of Okinawa and homeward bound. September 26, 1945. Headed for San Francisco with 700 Seabee passengers.
A searchable photo gallery with dozens of images of the Battleship and its crew are now available for viewing on this site.
“We want this to be an online photo digital tribute to the men who bravely served on the United State’s most decorated warship,” says Rick Lingberg, publisher of the usssouthdakota.com. He added, “We hope this will encourage families to consider donating images they may have in their collections that can be appreciated by people all over the world.”
Over 100,000 visitors, from around the world, visit the site online, each year.
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.