|The USS Alabama fought during World War II in the Pacific as a member of the fast carrier task forces. This South Dakota class battleship sported 9 16-inch 45 caliber guns in three turrets, and 20 5-inch guns in ten turrets, plus 12 quad 40mm batteries and 56 20mm anti-aircraft guns.|
|Ironically, the only casualties suffered by the crew of the Alabama were self-inflicted. A 5" gun was mistakenly fired into an adjacent 5" turret killing and wounding the crew of that turret.|
|The Alabama was laid down at Norfolk Navy Yard on February 1, 1940, launched February 16, 1942, commissioned August 16, 1942, decommissioned January 9, 1947, stricken from the Navy rolls June 1, 1962, and donated to the state of Alabama as a museum ship on June 16, 1964.|
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