Event Summary

“L”andmark Events invites you to join us in Mobile, Alabama as we spend a day at the wonderful USS Alabama Battleship Memorial park. Historian Bill Potter will provide a fascinating overview of WWII before we turn you loose to explore the storied battleship, an authentic submarine and a hangar full of vintage aircraft on your own. In the evening, we will gather together for supper in the officer’s mess as Mr. Potter tells us remarkable stories of Father and Son Medal of Honor recipients. After dinner we will say goodnight to the ladies as they depart the ship, and the men and boys settle in for the night in the very bunks the sailors slept in almost 80 years ago.

We are currently the only group overnighting on the ship, so it is likely we will have it all to ourselves after 5pm!

Ticket Pricing


Battleship Park Only


+ Pizza Dinner on Battleship** $40
+ Pizza Dinner & Ship Overnight* $50


Battleship Park Only


+ Pizza Dinner on Battleship** $25
+ Pizza Dinner & Ship Overnight* $35


Battleship Park Only


+ Pizza Dinner on Battleship** N/A
+ Pizza Dinner & Ship Overnight* N/A

* Men and boys only.

** Ok to bring your own food to dinner.

Overnight guests will need to print and sign the release form in order to sleep aboard the ship.

Dad Can’t Make It?

Young men whose fathers are unable to join us on the tour are welcome to spend the night with the other boys and men onboard the battleship! Contact Kevin Turley at (210) 885-9351 or email at info@landmarkevents.org for more information and to reserve a bunk!

Tour Highlights

USS Alabama — Mobile Bay

The largest and most costly war in the history of mankind occurred a mere 75 years ago. Millions of men served in the armed forces of most nations in the world and millions died, both civilian and military. In the aftermath, national boundaries changed, governments fell and were replaced, often by worse ones, and a new type of war began between the two superpowers left standing. Among the key weapons that brought about victory for the United States, were the powerful battleships, carriers, and submarines of the Pacific Fleet. We begin our tour aboard one of those battleships, the USS Alabama (BB-60), anchored now in Mobile Bay. The fathers and sons will have the unusual opportunity to spend the first night aboard this iconic ship, sleeping in the bunks of the berthing deck. We have the run of the ship and will be taught by military historian Bill Potter about the war, battleships and the role of the Alabama in many major battles in the Pacific.

Overnight on the USS Alabama

Few things are more thrilling to a boy than overnighting aboard a real battleship in bunks where real sailors slept. That’s what we’re offering as part of our Mobile Alabama Tour that kicks off with the whole family touring the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park on May 2.

Event Speakers

Bill Potter

An experienced historian and avid bibliophile, Bill Potter combines a lifelong study of American history with an uncommon ability to captivate audiences of all ages as he traces the providential acts of God throughout the ages. Mr. Potter has taught history in high schools and colleges, has led many tours of American and European historical sites and brings to each event a wealth of experience and knowledge. An experienced researcher and writer, Mr. Potter possesses a practical knowledge of antiquarian books, documents, and artifacts and has published several short books and has penned many articles and book reviews for publication. Bill has earned a well-deserved reputation as a man gifted in communicating the story of God’s providential hand in American history. As a father of eight children, he appreciates the necessity of passing on to the succeeding generations the richness of both our regional and national history. He and his wife, Leslie, reside in Virginia.

Historian Bill Potter

Event Schedule

Wednesday, May 8


    Meet at USS Alabama Memorial Park
(2703 Battleship Pkwy, Mobile, AL 36603)


    USS Alabama Battleship Park Overview with Bill Potter


    Free time to explore park


    Overnight guests (men and boys only) gather gear and stow in bunks — remember your Release Forms.


    Pizza Dinner on board Battleship (welcome to bring your own food).


    Park closes for non-overnight guests.


Mobile, Alabama

Sleep Aboard the USS Alabama!

All aboard! Landmark Events guests (men and boys only) have the remarkable opportunity to spend Wednesday night, May 8th, in the bunks aboard the Alabama! Overnight guests should bring their own sheets, blankets or sleeping bags. Standard twin bedding will fit the bunks. Showers are available. You will be responsible for bringing your own towels, washcloths, soap, etc. All berthing areas are climate-controlled (air-conditioned & heated) for your comfort. Purchase tickets through event registration process.


Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
For those that will be attending the Teach Them Diligently Convention where Bill Potter will be speaking – there are special rates at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel under Teach Them Diligently.  Reserve your DISCOUNTED room at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel by clicking here or by calling (251) 438-4000 and mentioning Teach Them Diligently. These rates are only available for rooms booked by April 22, 2019

There are many lodging options in Mobile with a wide variety of rates and amenities.  We find Trip Advisor to be helpful when scouting properties, and VRBO is an excellent resource families seeking furnished houses or apartments in the area.   



Study Preparation

Key People

General Braxton Bragg

James Battle

Dr. Josiah Nott

Augusta Evans Wilson

Michael Krafft

Chappo Geronimo.

Key Events

Battles in the Marianas
Philippine Sea
Preaching in the Confederate armies
Preparations for D-Day

Key Issues

Causes and Accountability for WWII
The Nature of Warfare in the Modern World
Even the Best Men are Sinful
Just War
What Did the Confederacy Stand For?

Recommended Reading

D-Day, by Stephen Ambrose

Theodore Roosevelt: The Life of a War Hero, by H. Paul Jeffers

Decision in Normandy, by Carlos D’Este

A Short History of WWII, by James Stokesbury

American Lion, by Jon Meachum

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