USS Alabama BB-60, a modern design battleship, defended the United States from 1942 to 1947 in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. She fought throughout the Pacific including in the Carolines, the Marianas, Palau Islands, New Guinea, Saipan, the battle of the Philippine Sea, Guam, and other major actions including bombarding the Japanese homeland.
ALABAMA was the member of Admiral Halsey's force which fought in battle off Cape Ehgano as a part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Afterwards, the big ship moved into the area on the Mindoro (Philippines) operation, and, while in this vicinity, she rode out a fierce typhoon which cost the U.S. Fleet three destroyers in the group.
As a member of the THIRD and FIFTH Fleet, the battleship participated in the Okinawa Gunto supporting raids on the Japanese home islands.
While carrier planes were carrying out their strikes on Kyushu, Japan, enemy planes tried in vain to break through the formation in attempt to make their suicide dives. On the morning of 4 May 1945, several of the Japanese penetrated the combat air patrol defense and, in the midst of the attack, a Kamikaze plunged through the low clouds into Admiral Mitcher's flagship, USS ENTERPRISE. Of the four other planes which attacked the surface formation, ALABAMA's gunners shot down two which crashed only about 1,000 yards away.
On 5 June, while conducting operations off Kyushu, the task force rode out a typhoon with ALABAMA experiencing slight damage, and cruiser PITTSBURGH losing nearly 100 feet of her bow.
As a member of the THIRD and FIFTH Fleet, the battleship participated in the Okinawa Gunto supporting raids on the Japanese home islands. The end of the war found the ship still at sea, and, after 67 days of continuous steaming, she dropped anchor in Tokyo Bay, remaining for two weeks while her landing force assisted the occupation of the Yokosuka-Tokyo area.
This exceptional publication is a Golden Anniversary tribute to this gallant vessel! The text includes chapters on the history of the USS Alabama, Battleship Commission, Battleship Memorial Park, Crewmen's Association, and the 50th Anniversary of the commissioning. One chapter is dedicated to listing the names of all who served aboard this battleship. Also included are the biographies of USS Alabama veterans.
The book contains a detailed history, superior photos, battle records, and a listing of all who served in her crew. Extra Large Commemorative Limited Edition Ship History Book endorsed by the USS Alabama Battleship Commission.
USS ALABAMA STATS
Sister Ships: Massachusetts, Indiana, South Dakota
Launched: 16 February 1942
Commissioned: 16 August 1942
Displacement: 35,000 to 44,500 tons.
Length: 680 ft.
Beam: 108 ft. 2 in.
Height of truck light
above keel: 194 ft.
Design Draft: 33 ft. 8 in.
Actual weight when
fully loadedf: 42,500 tons.
Speed: 28 knots
Range: 15,000 Nautical miles at 15 knots
Crew: 127 Officers, 2,205 Enlisted Men
9 16"/45 cal. Guns (3 turrets)
20 5"/38 cal. Guns (10 mounts)
48 40mm Guns (12 mounts)
52 20mm Guns
Turret faces: 18 inches
Conning tower: 16 inches
Side armor: 12.2 inches, tapering to 1 inch at bottom.
Horsepower: 130,000 hp
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