USS-SD Battleship Videos

Battleship X - The USS South Dakota

KELO PRODUCTION CHRONICLES USS SOUTH DAKOTA BATTLESHIP MEMORIAL

One of the key leaders in building the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial was Kelo Land Executive Vice President Evans Nord.  Nord had served as a naval officer during World War Two.  He sparked local opinion, fundraising and political clout to get the Memorial built. He was part of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs committee that inspired the permanent non‑profit USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial Board to govern the project.

Kelo TV was the dominant TV station at the time so any news about the battleship always had a prominent place in programming.

Evans Nord and Kelo Land tasked one of their leading film makers, Howard Phillips, to do a documentary on the battleship/memorial.

While copies have been in existence, the original footage was found this past summer by the Nord family while disbursing the estates of the late Evans Nord and his wife Jean.  That valuable footage has been preserved, digitized and provides a historic insight into the USS Battleship South Dakota Memorial.

 

Contact Information

Memorial Site:
12th & Kiwanis
P.O. Box 2974
Sioux Falls, SD 57101_2974

Hours:
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
May 1 thru September 30
7 Days a Week

Phone:
605/367-7141

Email:
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Admission:
FREE

Board of Directors

Diane Diekman, President
Harlan Bedford, Vice President
Rollyn Samp, Secretary
Daryl Skancke
Karen Dunham
Harry Engberg
Edward Hruska
Larry Panning