'Lucky A' at 75: The USS Alabama marks a big anniversary

The Alabama is shown in an official U.S. Navy photograph described as one of the first ever released of the new vessel. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph)
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(AL.com) — On Saturday, Aug. 12, Battleship Memorial Park will celebrate the 75th anniversary of a state icon, the USS Alabama. The park will offer free admission and other festivities throughout the day, including a Mobile Big Band Society concert at 10 a.m., a commemoration ceremony at 11 a.m. and a living history crew drill at 1 p.m. The Alabama was commissioned on Aug. 16, 1942, and was honored with nine Battle Stars before being decommissioned in 1947. The ship was moved to Mobile in 1964 and opened as a museum ship in 1965.

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