January 9, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of USS ALABAMA (BB-60) Battleship Memorial Park. Eighteen years to the day since she last ran under her own power, the World War II heroine was dedicated in Mobile, Alabama to the memory of Alabama veterans of all branches of the armed services, Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine.
In 1964, a campaign was launched to bring the “Mighty A” home to Alabama, as a memorial to the state’s sons and daughters who had served in the armed forces. Alabama school children raised almost $100,000 in mostly nickels, dimes, and quarters to help bring her home to her final resting place.
The first time the Man of the House* (way before he was the man of the house) and I came to Pensacola for our first vacation, we went to the USS Alabama in Mobile. It was amazing. I had never been on a battleship before. But I have a special place in my heart for the USS Alabama. – or just about anything else the Man of the House loves.
*Quiet Man – just watch it.