This episode of Mississippi Stories features Marshall Ramsey, Mississippi Today Editor at-Large, visiting the U.S.S. Alabama museum technician Matthew McCluney. McCluney is a Gautier resident and talks about his passion to preserve a huge piece of American and Naval History. The U.S.S. The U.S.S. Alabama was launched in 1942 during World War 2. It is a veteran of the Battle of the Atlantic as well as numerous combat actions against the Japanese on the Pacific. The 45,000-ton U.S.S. was eventually abandoned after the war. Alabama was presented to the people of Alabama in 1965. It was then towed to Mobile’s U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. The U.S.S. Gato-Class submarine is also located in the park. Drum, 45 historical aircraft, and many artillery pieces. McCluney, along with his team, has created many exhibits throughout the ship. They help keep Alabama shipshape for nearly 18 million people who have visited it over the years as well as for future visitors. Loading… Some error occurred. Refresh the page or try again.