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(BB-57) USS South Dakota

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(BB-57) USS South Dakota Empty (BB-57) USS South Dakota

Post  Kiwi's son on Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:31 am


Class and type: South Dakota-class (1939) battleship
Displacement: 35,000 long tons
Length: 680 ft (210 m)
Beam: 108.2 ft (33.0 m)
Draft: 36.3 ft (11.1 m)
Speed: 27.8 kn (32.0 mph; 51.5 km/h)
Complement: 2,364 officers and men
Armament: 9 × 16 in (410 mm)/45 cal Mark 6 guns
16 × 5 in (130 mm)/38 cal guns
68 × 40 mm guns
76 × 20 mm guns


USS South Dakota (BB-57) was a battleship in the United States Navy from 1942 until 1947. The lead ship of her class, South Dakota was the third ship of the US Navy to be named in honor of the 40th state. During World War II, she first served in a fifteen-month tour in the Pacific theater, where she saw combat before returning to New York for an overhaul. Back on operational duties in May 1943, she joined British Home Fleet patrols in Scapa Flow before sailing to the Pacific in August 1943 for a second tour. There, she participated in combat operations preparatory to the invasion of Japan until her return to the United States in October 1945.

The ship carried the man who is believed to be the youngest serviceman to have fought in World War II, Calvin Graham. He participated in the Battles of Santa Cruz and Guadalcanal before he admitted his true age to Sargent Shriver, the gunnery officer; Graham spent three months in the brig, had his veteran's benefits taken away, and received a dishonorable discharge. He then returned to the seventh grade soon after celebrating his thirteenth birthday.[1]

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