By Kent Whitaker, Bill Tunnell
Foreword by way of invoice Tunnell.
Powerful: this unmarried notice aptly describes a naval vessel often called a battleship. The USS Alabama (BB 60) was once the final of 4 South Dakota–class battleships equipped for international battle II.
She is easily armored and designed to outlive an assault whereas carrying on with to struggle. Her major battery, often called “Big Guns,” consisted of 9 16-inch weapons; every one may possibly release a projectile weighing up to a small vehicle which could hit a objective 21 miles away.
Her staff numbered 2,332 males, none of whom have been misplaced to enemy hearth, incomes her the nickname “Lucky A.”
She served as greater than only a battleship: she carried troops, provides, and seaplanes and served within the Pacific and Atlantic; her medical professionals taken care of sufferers from different ships; she used to be the wartime domestic for a major-league ballplayer; the motion picture surroundings for Hollywood motion pictures; and he or she traveled domestic to the country of Alabama with the aid of schoolchildren.