The USS Texas, BB35, can be found within a stone’s throw of the San Jacinto Memorial just east of Houston and has the honour of being the very first battleship memorial museum in the US.
BB35 was launched on May 18th, 1912 and saw action in both the First and Second World Wars (with various extensive refits along the way). Her WW-I service included operating alongside the British navy out of Scapa Flow and the Firth of Clyde in Scotland and later escorting President Wilson to peace talks in France. During WW-II, Texas was flagship of the Atlantic fleet and was stationed off Omaha Beach in Normandy during the D-Day landings. She then moved to the Pacific theatre where she supported the landings at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
After being decommissioned in April 1948, USS Texas became a State Historic Site, National Historic Landmark and National Mechanical Engineering Landmark.
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