An audio recording restored and archived by the South Dakota State Historical Society Archives captures the launching of the Battleship South Dakota on June 7, 1941.
The recording features the voice of radio announcer Lewis Fischer of WCAU in Philadelphia. The original lacquer discs were sent by airmail to WNAX in Yankton, which broadcast the recording. WNAX presented the discs to Governor and Mrs. Harlan Bushfield, who in turn donated them to the South Dakota State Historical Society.
This is an edited clip from the original 21-minute recording.
Listen to the entire recording, read a transcript, and learn more at this South Dakota State Historical Society Archives Web page.
Learn more about the launch of the Battleship South Dakota and the restored recording on this State Historial Society Web page.