|The front (bow)|
|The rear (stern)|
The tour was extensive. There were rooms for every possible physical need from eating to having your uniform pressed, but I wondered how the crew of 2,500 managed to keep their spirits up. As I walked through the ship for over 2 hours, seeing nothing but thick steel...cold to the touch, bland to the eyes and empty to the soul...I gained a level of respect and compassion for men of war that I'm not sure I really had before. There were also 129 guns of various sizes aboard the battleship. I suppose silence was the sound most treasured during the many months at sea. Thanks to all those who served on the USS Alabama as well as in any other capacity during World War II.