War Dogs Memorial

Walking through Battleship Memorial Park I ran across a memorial I didn’t expect. Not that it didn’t belong there, it did. You expect plaques about heroes and sacrifices of men and women that have served in the military. This memorial though, was in honor of the dogs that served and sacrificed for the men and women they served with.

The Alabama War Dogs Memorial was erected at the U.S.S. Alabama Memorial Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile on Veterans Day 2008. The memorial depicts an actual Alabama war dog team in action – Little Joe, a German Shepherd and his Alabamian handler, Charles “Wade” Franks and other combat patrol riflemen. Little Joe-our mascot-gave his life saving those men on February 22, 1970 in Vietnam.  366thspsk-9.com
 

Walking through Battleship Memorial Park I ran across a memorial in honor of the dogs that served and sacrificed for the men and women they served with. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

C-47 Skytrain Military Transport

Springtime is a great time of year to get outside and visit historical parks and museums. Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama is home of the Battleship USS Alabama. There a many other things to see, including over two dozen airplanes, the USS Drum submarine, not to mention the Battleship Alabama itself.

This is a C-47D Skytrain Military Transport sitting proudly at the park.  The C-47D was a modified version of the DC-3, with a reinforced fuselage floor and the addition of a large cargo door.
 

This is a C-47D Sky Train Military Transport sitting proudly at Battleship Park in Alabama.  The C-47D was a modified version of the DC-3, with a reinforced fuselage floor and the addition of a large cargo door. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Battlefield Reflections

Many cities have war memorials of some sort, but at Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama, there are several memorials to the military, including the Korean War and this one to the Vietnam veterans.

Not having served in the military myself, I appreciate the memorials to honor those that did and help me remember their service and sacrifices for me, my family and our country. This “soldier” reflects on his brothers in arms at the Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

 

This soldier reflects on his brothers in arms at the Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial, at Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Honoring Korean Vets

There are many things to see at Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama, including several memorials to veterans. This memorial honors each branch of the military for their participation in the Korean War. It’s usually very windy there, being right on Mobile Bay, so the flags are almost always standing at full attention.

Mobile’s memorial is more traditional than the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C., but either way, they both pay tribute to those men and women who served during that conflict.

 

There are many things to see at Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama, including several memorials to veterans. This memorial honors each branch of the military for their participation in the Korean War. It's usually very windy there, being right on Mobile Bay, so the flags are almost always standing at full attention. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

Battleship Memorial Park

If you are a history buff of any level, do yourself a favor and head to Mobile, Alabama. There at Battleship Memorial Park, you will find a great collection of tanks, airplanes and a submarine too. Oh, and don’t forget to look over at the pier, just in case you didn’t notice the BATTLESHIP parked there. This is the real McCoy, the USS Alabama; big and mean. Sure, it might be out-dated from a technology standpoint, but the cannons on this puppy don’t come any bigger. Almost the entire ship is open for the public to walk through too. You can go all the way to the bottom and see how the cannons were loaded or walk around the mess hall and crew quarters. It’s a fun day for the entire family.
  

At Battleship Memorial Park, you will find a great collection of tanks, airplanes, a submarine and the Battleship USS Alabama. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

 

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Gun Over Mobile

Going east on I-10 across Mobile Bay in Alabama, you pass right by Battleship Memorial Park. Stop. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.  Exit now and visit the Battleship USS Alabama.

This is a great place for the entire family. It’s full of history with lots to see, both on and off the ship. There is a hanger with WWII airplanes and the USS Drum submarine. On the grounds you will also see tanks, vehicles, anti-aircraft guns and more. Find out more at http://www.ussalabama.com/.

This gun (or cannon) points back to the city of Mobile.

 

Going east on I-10 across Mobile Bay, you pass right by the Battleship USS Alabama. Stop. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Exit now and enter Battleship Memorial Park. This is a great place for the entire family. It's full of history with lots to see, both on and off the ship. There is a hanger with WWII airplanes and the USS Drum submarine. On the grounds you will also see tanks, vehicles, anti-aircraft guns and more. This gun (or cannon) points back to the city of Mobile. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Battleship USS Alabama

For many years we have traveled through Mobile, Alabama on the way to Florida. And each year we  said we would stop and tour the USS Alabama one day. A few years back we actually did it. Wow! What a ship. You can even tour all the way down below the turrets, five levels deep. The USS Alabama, in addition to its service during WW II, played a part in the 1992 movie Under Siege with Steven Seagal. Although the film was set aboard the USS Missouri, all the interior sequences were filmed aboard the Alabama. Visit here for more information on the Alabama and Battleship Memorial Park.

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