Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 14, 1986):
Commissioned in August 1942, the 35,000-ton ALABAMA is one of only two surviving SOUTH DAKOTA class battleships built as part of America's preparations for war should it come. ALABAMA spent 40 months in active service in the Pacific during the Second World War. She participated in 26 engagements including the bombardment that demolished Japan's engineering works on Honshu. ALABAMA earned nine battle stars on her Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign ribbon. Decommissioned in 1947, the ship was transferred to the state of Alabama in 1964.