Day one in Mobile, we decided to explore Battleship Park. Learning about History is a very interesting part of travelling, in our opinion. Unfortunately much of World History is mixed with death, suffering, and terrible acts- Battleship Park is no exception. The two main attractions are the United States Navy U.S.S Alabama, a Battleship that was in service 1942-1947. The Alabama started her service protecting the British home front, but then moved to the Pacific to fight the Japanese. The Alabama was very successful in the Pacific. The next main attraction is the  United States Navy U.S.S Drum, a submarine that served 1941-1946. The Drum was also very successful in the Pacific. Unfortunately their success cost the Imperial Japanese Navy many ships, and many lives.  It is unfortunate that the World still deals with wars, and fighting to this day. Did we not learn from the past?

 

One point learned that was very interesting was after the 2 Atomic Bombs were dropped on Japan what Emperor Hirohito said

“the enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb, the power of which to do damage is, indeed, incalculable, taking the toll of many innocent lives.   Should we continue to fight, it would not only result in an ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation, but also it would lead to the total extinction of human civilization.”

Not only was he concerned for the Japanese people, but all human civilization. If these atomic bombs continued to fall, it is hard to believe where we would be today. So in surrendering Japan not only saved themselves, but perhaps saved everyone. If you would like to read his complete speech you can view it here:

https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/hirohito.htm

 

Battleship Park also contains many airplanes, it was amazing to see a B-52 bomber up close. this plane is massive. After about 5 hours here, we found the best campsite yet. A whopping $7.80 per night. Full hookups + hot showers.

Battleship U.S.S Alabama

Battleship U.S.S Alabama

Sleeping area inside the Alabama. 2,500 men crew

Sleeping area inside the Alabama. 2,500 men crew

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going down into a massive gun turret in the Alabama

going down into a massive gun turret in the Alabama

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This was taken from a Japanese Soldier. It is a good luck charm

This was taken from a Japanese Soldier. It is a good luck charm

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U.S.S Drum

U.S.S Drum

The Drum sank many ships

The Drum sank many ships

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Forward torpedo room (6 tubes)

Forward torpedo room (6 tubes)

Submarine main control room

Submarine main control room

Submarine combat control room (with periscope)

Submarine combat control room (with periscope)

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This B-52 was used in Vietnam.

This B-52 was used in Vietnam.

a sort of stealth bomber, apparently this plane can fly above 90,000 feet.

a sort of stealth bomber, apparently this plane can fly above 90,000 feet.

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Fried Green Tomatoes!!! These are the best

Fried Green Tomatoes!!! These are the best