Picture of DES Teachers on the USS Alabama

Destin ES Third Grade Teachers Tour USS Alabama

 Destin Elementary School’s third grade teachers recently toured the USS Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. The USS Alabama began her World War II adventures in the North Atlantic in 1943, then later that year, went to the South Pacific seas.  Home to a crew of 2,500 courageous Americans, this 45,000-ton gentle giant’s WWII adventure culminated when she led the American Fleet into Tokyo Bay on September 5, 1945, the day after the Surrender documents were signed. Nine Battle Stars for meritorious service were awarded the “Mighty A” during her brief three-year tenure as the “Heroine of the Pacific.”

Decommissioned in 1947, the USS Alabama was scheduled to be scrapped in the early 1960s. A forward-looking group of Alabamians saw a bright future in the aging warship as the anchor attraction of a Memorial Park to be located in Mobile. That dream came true on January 9, 1965 when USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park opened to the public.