USS South Dakota

South Dakota State Archives

In the Moment ... May 1, 2018 Show 327 Hour 2The current issue of the South Dakota History Journal features a feature on the double christening of the USS South Dakota. The Battleship Memorial opens for the season today in Sioux Falls.

Harry Engberg is on the board of directors for the USS South Dakota and is senior tour guide at the memorial.

South Dakota State Historical Society

In The Moment ... April 30, 2018 Show 326 Hour 2

The U.S.S. South Dakota has an interesting history, including an unusual christening.

Matthew Reitzel is with the South Dakota State Historical Society State Archives.

In The Moment ... July 31 2017, Show 145 Hour 2

One woman's chance encounter with family history led her to a 20 year research project. Children's author Andrea Page is coming to the Siouxland Libraries downtown branch in Sioux Falls tomorrow night. Her books is called "Sioux Code Talkers of WWII." We caught up with her for a conversation about language, cultural pride, and the men who saved the world.

In The Moment ... April 3, 2017 Show 063 Hour 2

A powerful new documentary looks at the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. It was filmed over the course of nearly three years and includes never-before-heard testimonies from parents, survivors, and first responders. "Newtown" is raw and challenging and heartbreaking. You can see it tonight on Independent Lens on SDPB TV. We welcome the film's director and producer Kim Snyder.

South Dakota Charters New Navy League Council

Jul 11, 2016

South Dakota may not have any sea ports, but it has a large number of veterans who served in the Navy. The state is about to have its own chapter of the Navy League.  The public organization supports service members and their units and families. 

South Dakota is forming its first Navy League Council.  Officials are holding a public ceremony to charter the council July 18 at the South Dakota Battleship Memorial in Sioux Falls

USS South Dakota Reunion In Sioux Falls

Jun 27, 2013

Karen Dunham, a Sioux Falls realtor, has been involved with the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial since the late '60s and has been involved with every reunion. Capt. Diane Diekman (U.S. Navy-ret.) is on the Memorial's Board of Directors and discusses its history from a Navy perspective and addresses some of the recent "touch-ups" done by Hartford resident and Navy veteran Robert Ruf. Most warships are built for an active career of 20 or 30 years. The USS South Dakota was in commission less than five.