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“Nice tribute”

USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial
Ranked #9 of 49 things to do in Sioux Falls
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Owner description: Honoring the most decorated battleship of World War II, this memorial is a full-size outline of the ship with artifacts from the ship positioned in it.
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

This memorial park is a nice tribute to the USS SD. The park itself includes a full size outline of the ship. It is a nice park to walk and explore and is adjacent to softball fields. Stay and watch a game if you get the chance.

1  Thank williamo126
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Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

We were passing through Sioux Falls on a family road trip and our 9 year-old son wanted to stop. He loves history and learning about WWII. We found this to be a good quick stop and they have a ton of interesting artifacts and information. We found the shape of the ship outside interesting too so our son could see the size of a battleship. Great idea. The woman working seemed very knowledgeable, but not overly welcoming to children. She was so worried about him touching anything even though its mostly behind glass. Unfortunately, this is probably not a great stop for kids. It's a great tribute though and should get kids involved more to keep these memories alive.

1  Thank Michelle L
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Reviewed 6 June 2018

I visited the (outside part of the) Memorial early in the morning on a Thursday. There was some traffic noise originating from the road in front of the Memorial. However, if one makes the effort to walk in and around the Memorial, the noise disappears to a large extent. One also has to read the various interpretation panels to appreciate the Memorial and to understand the role of the USS South Dakota during WW II. All in all I found it a solemn place, fit to remember those who fought for our freedom during the Second World War. The visitors center/museum was not yet open when I left. On that early Thursday morning I was the only visitor. This definitely enhanced the overall experience during my visit.
Note: I would have rated this monument 4 or 4.5 out of 5, if this would have been possible. But I assumed that the museum would increase the overall rating.

Thank WStatesTraveler
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

Had a couple of hours to kill before catching my flight and decided to stop in.
Easy to find, very accessible parking lot in front of the main entrance. Certainly not at all a large place with a few key artifacts outside. There were certainly surprisingly quite a bit of info inside the main building.
1-2 hours is certainly enough and although not a tremendously large and extensive sight, it's good for those history buffs looking for detailed info into certain events.

Thank Eugene N
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

This interesting Memorial is located east of I-29 on West 12th St. A concrete outline of the battleship can easily be seen from the road. An inviting visitors center will give one a full history of its service during WWII from 1942-47.

Known to the media and United States citizens as “Battleship X” during the war to protect its identity. The battleship fought two campaigns against the Japanese. Battles in Santa Cruz Islands, Guadalcanal and Okinawa are just a few of places where this famous ship fought.

Donations at the visitor’s center are appreciated. Talking to the docent there is quite a controversy about why the USS South Dakota should have been the ship to accept Japan’s surrender. As many of you know, President Truman was from Missouri and thus favored the USS Missouri to accept the Japanese surrender.

The USS South Dakota did see more action during the war, but was “shorter” in length than the USS Missouri.

The Battleship by 1962 was sold for scrap for $446,000 dollars. I really wonder with today’s interest for “The Greatest Generation,” if the ship would have been saved and placed on display. Parts of the ship are at this Memorial.

Not far from this Memorial are the interesting visits to Sioux Falls Park and the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

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4  Thank Marty B
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