Home to thousands of U.S. sailors, the USS Alabama fought bravely in World War II, but after she finished her service, the battleship was set to be scrapped. The people of Alabama decided they had to save the mighty ship named for their proud state. No one was more determined than Alabama’s schoolchildren. Instead of spending their allowance, children gave their pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to save the battleship – and they raised almost $100,000! Their great effort helped save the Mighty A , and secure her permanent home in Mobile Bay.
Author Karyn Tunks traces the story of the children’s efforts in this informative and entertaining account of the USS Alabama’s service. Tunks reveals a wealth of detail about life at sea and the many challenges Alabamians faced in securing the ship’s permanent home. Artist Julie Dupré Buckner captures the feeling of the era in her detailed, vivid illustrations of the ship, those who called her home, and those who saved her for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.