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BB-57 USS SOUTH DAKOTA
August 1943 / Second Refit & Return to the Pacific

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Bravo - Charlie

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South Dakota Class Battleship: Displacement 35,000 Tons, Dimensions, 680' 4" (oa) x 108' 2" x 36' 2" (Max). Armament 9 x 16"/45 16 x 5"/38AA, 12 x 1.1" 12 x 0.5", 3 AC. Armor, 12 1/4" Belt, 18" Turrets, 1 1/2" +6" +1/3" Decks, 15" Conning Tower. Machinery, 130,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 27 Knots, Crew 1793.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York, Shipbuilding, Camden NJ., July 5 1939. Launched June 7 1941. Commissioned March 20 1942. Decommissioned January 31 1947. Stricken June 1 1962.
Fate: Sold, October 25 1962 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-57 South Dakota 1.1m Operating off the U.S. east coast, 9 August 1943, with a destroyer keeping company in the background. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo added 04/17/08.
BB-57 South Dakota 271k Bow view at the Norfolk Navy Yard, after her 2nd refit at Norfolk, VA. Aug.1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-57 South Dakota 216k Stern view of South Dakota (BB-57) at the Norfolk Navy Yard, 20 Aug. 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-57 South Dakota 184k Port side view looking fwd after her 2nd refit at Norfolk, VA. Aug.1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-57 South Dakota 218k Port side view after her 2nd. refit in 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-57 South Dakota 234k Starboard side view after her 2nd. refit in 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-57 South Dakota 141k Off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, 20 August 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-57 South Dakota 109k South Dakota (BB-57) is shown here after a second 1943 refit at Norfolk, in which a large SK antenna replaced the small SC-2 on her foremast. Note the small SG surface-search antenna on the secondary battery control platform under her forward main battery director. (Detail photograph courtesy of R.F. Summrall). Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-57 South Dakota 79k At Norfolk Navy Yard in August, 1943 following refit. Showing the superstructure area. Note the four twin 5in/38cal guns (per side) while the sisterships had five, but South Dakota (BB-57) was the only one that had an extra conning tower level. USN photo.
BB-57 South Dakota 74k Joseph Davis Sandling, warrant officer, is the person shown in this photo in the conning tower of the South Dakota (BB-57). He was the youngest chief in the Navy in 1938, before wartime upgrades were happening, and if one looks closely at the hat it shows the crossed anchors instead of the shield.
Surface and aerial victory marks painted on the conning tower. Note the direct vision slots in the thick armor, circa 1942/1943.
Note her large spotting glass of which the ends can be seen on both sides.
Above that the Mk.38 Main Battery Director with atop (still) Mk.3 Main Battery Fire Control radar.
On both yards, anemometers and, hardly visible here, "TBS" (Talk Between Ships- VHF band / 72.5MHz) on her starboard yard, a much needed piece of equipment in the Atlantic that allowed the ship to communicate without fear of being overheard by listeners beyond the horizon.
Mounted on her Navigating Bridge Level, two whipantennas, quarter-wave, free standing rigid aerials mounted vertically with one end grounded to to the ship's structure,(the catwalk's splintershield), replacing long single-wire aerials.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Partial text courtesy of Joe Sandling II & Pieter Bakels.

SOUTH DAKOTA BB-57 History
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(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Cathy Verschelden
E-mail: ussdakota@aol.com


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
U.S.S. SOUTH DAKOTA (BB-57)WAR DAMAGE REPORT By Tracy White @ at the Researcher @ Large Website

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