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[26] The historian H. P. Wilmott speculated that had Halsey detached TF 34 promptly and not delayed the battleships by refueling the destroyers, the ships could have easily arrived in the strait ahead of Center Force and, owing to the marked superiority of their radar-directed main guns, destroyed Kurita's ships. [1], South Dakota was 680 feet (210 m) long overall and had a beam of 108 ft 2 in (32.97 m) and a draft of 35 ft 1 in (10.69 m). South Dakota conducted more shooting practice at sea on 15–16 May. A screw from South Dakota is on display outside the U.S. Navy Museum in Washington, D.C. South Dakota received 13 battle stars for World War II service. The ships sortied on 11 November to return to the fighting off Guadalcanal. "[8], In major sea engagements before South Dakota was less than a year old, her actions were reported to the American people as the exploits of Battleship "X" or Old Nameless. [7] Her radio communications failed, radar plot was demolished, three fire control radars were damaged, there was a fire in her foremast, and she had lost track of Washington. Part of the sale agreement required Luria Brothers to return approximately $2 million of equipment from South Dakota to the government, including 6,000 tons (5,400 tonnes) of armor plate for the United States Atomic Energy Commission. She resumed training operations that day before getting underway to re-join the fleet on 18 September. The American strike aircraft had had to fly at extreme range to attack the retreating Japanese fleet, and so many were forced to ditch their aircraft after running out of fuel; South Dakota spent the next morning searching for downed aircrews. South Dakota was routed to Ulithi and, upon her arrival, was attached to TG 38.3; one of four task groups of formed TF 38, the Fast Carrier Task Force. At the same time, an SG surface search radar was installed on the forward superstructure; a second SG set was added to the main mast after experiences during the Guadalcanal campaign in 1942. Turret No. This was the first time that Japan came under bombardment by capital ships during the war. On 5 October, Hanson came back aboard the ship and she resumed her role as the flagship of BatDiv 9. USS South Dakota (BB-57) was a battleship in the United States Navy from 1942 until 1947. The British Home Fleet deployed battleships to the Mediterranean to support the Allied invasion of Sicily, and South Dakota was in turn sent to reinforce the Home Fleet. However, congressional refusal to authorize larger battleships kept their displacement close to the Washington limit of 35,000 long tons (36,000 t). The Judy that attacked her survived and successfully returned to its carrier without damage. [34], On 19 April, South Dakota was detached from the carriers to join a shore bombardment group sent to support a major offensive by XXIV Army Corps against Japanese defensive positions in southern Okinawa, though they made little progress. When it ended, the badly mauled Japanese fleet no longer posed a threat to the American conquest of the Marianas. Late that evening, South Dakota's air search radar picked up Japanese aircraft approaching; in the ensuing battle, South Dakota's gunners could not identify any targets in the darkness and so she did not engage the Japanese aircraft. Battleship SOUTH DAKOTA (BB57) Ordered:15 December 1938 Builder:New York Shipbuilding Corporation Laid down:5 July 1939 Launched:7 June 1941 Commissioned:20 March 1942 Decommissioned:31 January 1947 Fate:Broken up, 1962, Parts of the ship preserved at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. [37], The battleships then returned to their positions with TF 38 and covered them during air strikes on Honshu and Hokkaido on 15 July. [18][19], Having inadvertently closed to within 5,000 yd (4,600 m) of Kondō's force,[20] South Dakota bore the brunt of Japanese attacks during this phase of the battle. [37], Halsey remained aboard until 20 September when he left to return to Pearl Harbor. The carriers began launching attacks on 11 June against enemy installations throughout the islands. South Dakota again replenished her fuel bunkers on 7 August before re-forming TU 34.8.1 for a third bombardment mission on 9 August. South Dakota fires at a Japanese torpedo bomber (right) during the Battle of Santa Cruz. Two days later, South Dakota went to sea to begin anti-submarine training with a pair of destroyers. There were few targets for the battleships, but the operation provided the crews with experience operating in the bombardment role together. Two days later she joined the battleship Washington and destroyers Preston, Walke, Benham, and Gwin to form TF 64 under command of Rear Admiral Willis A. Lee. They departed Efate on 18 January, bound for Funafuti. Once she was in the Atlantic, she picked up an escort of two destroyers. The fast carrier task force then withdrew to support the invasion of the Philippines. Both items are on display in Willard Park. For the operation, TF 16 was reinforced by TF 17—centered on the carrier Hornet—which were combined to form TF 61 under the command of RADM Thomas C. Kinkaid. Most of the bombs fell harmlessly in the sea, but one scored a hit on her forward main battery turret roof, though it exploded without penetrating. This convinced Halsey, now the commander of Third Fleet, to send the fast carrier task force to destroy the 1st Mobile Fleet, which had by then been detected. South Dakota, with five other battleships, formed another task group on 8 December to bombard Nauru Island; the joint aerial attack and shore bombardment severely damaged enemy shore installations and airfields there. South Dakota sailed from the west coast on 3 January 1946, for Philadelphia and a yard overhaul. That night, an error in engine room switchboards left South Dakota powerless: without her radars, she no longer had a grasp on the complicated tactical situation. The task unit was again dissolved later that morning and South Dakota returned to TG 38.1, which thereafter resumed launching air strikes on the Tokyo and Nagoya areas. The carriers struck Kyushu on 18 March while the battleships continue their air defense role. PBY Catalina patrol bombers sighted a Japanese carrier force at noon on 25 October, and TF 16 steamed northwest to intercept it. On 4 November, South Dakota was transferred to TG 38.3 to support a group of four carriers launching strikes on Luzon the next day. The group came under air attack on the afternoon of 5 November; errant rounds from other ships accidentally killed a man and wounded seven more aboard South Dakota during the action. [37], With Okinawa in Allied hands, preparations were beginning for Operation Olympic, the invasion of Kyushu. Early the next morning, when all carrier forces were within striking range, a Japanese scout plane spotted the American force, triggering the Battle of Santa Cruz. While the Americans were withdrawing, Japanese aircraft repeatedly attacked the ships, though South Dakota initially held her fire since no aircraft approached close enough for her to engage them. [26], After leaving the Okinawa area, Mitscher turned to make a feint toward the Philippines late in the day before turning west toward Formosa, which he attacked in a major raid beginning on 12 October. The aircraft were recalled and South Dakota received the order to cease offensive operations at 06:58. Turret No. By this time, Hashimoto's ships had inflicted serious damage on the American destroyer screen; two of the destroyers were torpedoed (one of which, Benham, survived until the following morning) and a third was destroyed by gunfire. At Battleship South Dakota Memorial in Sioux Falls, SD, we pay homage to the USS South Dakota (BB-57) and its crew. The ships met the carriers Bunker Hill and Monterey on the way, and on arriving in Funafuti two days later, the group was re-numbered as TF 58.8, as Fifth Fleet had taken command of the fast carrier task force. South Dakota was ready for sea again on 12 October, and began training with Task Force 16 (T… South Dakota got much attention from the media and from the public, due to the innovative and advanced nature of her design, and the secrecy around it. South Dakota's secondary batteries put out the lights, and she shifted all batteries to bear on the third ship, believed to be a cruiser, which soon gushed smoke. Washington opened with her main battery on the leading, and largest, Japanese ship. Heavy anti-aircraft fire from the fleet kept the Japanese aircraft from closing to attack effectively, and South Dakota claimed several aircraft shot down. [26], Operation Desecrate Two followed the next week; this series of raids targeted Japanese positions along the coast of New Guinea to support the landing at Aitape. Another series of raids followed the next day to support the ground forces fighting ashore. Another wave of aircraft approached the following morning, prompting the fleet to assume a defensive formation. There, she engaged in further firing practice before steaming to Philadelphia, finally being declared ready for active duty on 26 July. For security purposes, she was referred to as "Battleship X". Captain Gatch made the following assessment of the relative effectiveness of each weapon type in bringing down enemy aircraft during the action: 5 inch: 5%, 40mm and 1.1 inch: 30% and 20mm: 65%.[3]. [26], South Dakota, Alabama, and a screen of destroyers were detached from the carrier raiding force to return to TG 58.2; they arrived back in Majuro on 26 February where they refueled and conducted shooting practice over the next month. She conducted anti-aircraft training through the following day before returning to Pearl Harbor on 14 October. - See 174 traveler reviews, 100 candid photos, and great deals for Sioux Falls, SD, at Tripadvisor. 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. A third aerial assault was made with both dive bombers and torpedo bombers, coming in at 1230. She was launched on 7 June 1941, sponsored by Mrs. Harlan J. Bushfield, wife of the Governor of South Dakota; and commissioned on 20 March 1942, Captain Thomas Leigh Gatch in command. On 1 May, Lee took the fast battleships, including South Dakota, and created TG 58.7, tasked with bombarding the island of Pohnpei. While attempting to avoid a submarine contact on the return trip to Nouméa, South Dakota collided with the destroyer Mahan on 30 October. The following day, air strikes to prepare Okinawa for assault began, interrupted by the need to disengage and refuel on 28–29 March. During the operation, carriers of the group flew strikes against targets on Manila and Luzon to support the landings on Mindoro. The American carriers attacked airfields on Saipan, Guam, and Tinian over the next two days, and on 23 February the fleet came under heavy Japanese air strikes. The next morning, aircraft from Enterprise located the Japanese aircraft carriers minutes before a Japanese seaplane located TF 61; both sides immediately launched air strikes, leading to the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. This time, the unit consisted of South Dakota, six Allied cruisers and ten Allied destroyers. The next day, she got underway escorted by three destroyers, but her progress was delayed by an engine breakdown that necessitated repairs that were completed the following morning. South Dakota maneuvered at high speed to avoid their torpedoes while engaging the bombers. The task force left Pearl Harbor on 16 October, to join TF 17, centered on the Hornet, northeast of Espiritu Santo; the rendezvous was made on 24 October. The outside memorial part lets you walk around the perimeter of the ship at its actual size. Searchlights from the second ship in the enemy column illuminated South Dakota. North Dakota was laid down at the Fore River Shipyard in December 1907, was launched in November 1908, and commissioned into the US Navy in April 1910. A month later on 21 February, RADM Thomas R. Cooley hoisted his flag aboard the ship, making her the flagship of the Fourth Fleet, a reserve unit. On 25 November, she got underway, headed to Nukuʻalofa escorted by a pair of destroyers. Over the following two days, she tested her engines at various speeds and test fired her guns to check for structural problems. The American carriers launched another round of strikes the next day to cover the withdrawal of Canberra and her escorts. Battleship South Dakota The design of the South Dakota class was developed at the same time as the Washington class of 1939. While rearming from Wrangell on 6 May, a tank of high-capacity powder for the 16 in (410 mm) guns exploded, causing a fire and exploding four more tanks. At 1049, a Yokosuka D4Y "Judy" dropped a 550 lb (250 kg) bomb on South Dakota's main deck where it blew a large hole, cut wiring and piping, but inflicted no other serious material damage. South Dakota got underway that afternoon in company with numerous other warships for the voyage back to the United States.

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