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.

  • The USS Alabama has declined our appeal to spend the night onboard and will be closing the park at 5PM on Wednesday.  We have adjusted our schedule and pricing accordingly.  If you registered for an overnight, we will issue you a complete refund if you desire, or  refund the difference if you want to join for the day only.  We have secured a meeting room in a nearby Hampton Inn for an evening fellowship time on Wednesday night. 

Ticket Pricing


(12+)

Battleship Park Only

$35

   
   


(6-11)

Battleship Park Only

$20

   
   


(0-5)

Battleship Park Only

$0

   
   
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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. We have the run of the ship until 5pm 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 spending the night aboard a real battleship and sleeping in same 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 Wednesday, May 5.

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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 5

10:30am

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

11:00am

    USS Alabama Battleship Park Overview with Bill Potter

12:00pm

    Free time to explore park

5:00pm

    Park closes.

6:15pm

    * Optional evening fellowship – Hampton Inn Mobile East / Daphne.

 

       

Bill Potter will be speaking at the Teach Them Diligently Convention May 6-8 in Mobile at the Mobile Convention Center (separate admission required).

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Accommodations

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.

Mobile

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.   

 

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Study Preparation

Key People

James Battle

Augusta Evans Wilson

Michael Krafft

 

Key Events

Battles in the Marianas
Gilberts
Philippine Sea
Preparations for D-Day
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

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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