April 2, 2018 -- USS Batfish
The USS Batfish was a Balao-class submarine, known primarily for the remarkable feat of sinking three Imperial Japanese Navy submarines in a 76-hour period, in February 1945.
Visitors can go below deck and walk thru the entire sub -- very interesting, but not advised for those who may be claustrophobic.
The USS Batfish was commissioned in August, 1943 and earned nine battle stars for her World War II service in the Pacific. She sank a total of 14 ships and damaged three others during her seven war patrols. Over a period of 76-hours in February 1945, she sank three Japanese submarines. For this feat, the "sub killer" was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. Her other WW II exploits included blasting a grounded enemy destroyer, numerous other offensive operations, and rescuing downed aviators. She was removed from service in November, 1969.
In 1972 a flotilla of barges moved the Batfish up the Arkansas River from New Orleans to the Port of Muskogee and its final dry berth overlooking the Arkansas River. The boat was fitted with interpretive materials, and a museum was constructed nearby. Opened to the public on Memorial Day 1973, the USS Batfish and exhibits at War Memorial Park have honored World War II submarine veterans of Oklahoma and the nation.
In 2011, military historian Mark W. Allen published “Leader of the Pack”, a book detailing the wartime exploits USS Batfish.
Finally, here’s a link to an interesting Wiki article about the Batfish not only details her war history, but also tells the amazing story of how the sub was physically relocated to Muskogee, Oklahoma. http://tinyurl.com/o7c7prb