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Date: December 26, 2002
Time: 23:46:07
Name: BRIAN SMITH
Comments: MY UNCLE WAS GEORGE TRIMBLE. I AM CURIOUS AS TO HIS SPECIFIC ROLE ABOARD THE BATFISH, AND THE VARIOUS ACTIONS THAT HE MAY HAVE PARTICIPATED IN. THANKS!

Date: December 25, 2002
Time: 02:04:45
Name: Bruce Wasleske
Comments: Hello - My name is Bruce Wasleske. My dad, Alfred P. Wasleske and I are enjoying your website this Christmas Eve. Dad is the sailor on War Patrol # 7, who on July 16th, 2200 hours was transferred to the Quilback with a case of renal colic. He remembers this event very well as he experienced "lots of pain." Dad says: "thank you to the two sailors who paddeled him over to the Quilback in a rubber raft that night...many thanks". He wishes he could have finished the patrol, but he passed the kidney stone in the hospital in Guam, had a good outcome, and caught an LST back to Pearl harbor for reassignment. On the way to Pearl the news about the war's end was broadcast. He went on to a telephone company career, had five kids and ten grandchildren and is still with us today, looking forward to his 78th birthday. Dad visited the Batfish in OK a couple of years ago and enjoyed it very much. With thanks and warm regards, Bruce Wasleske and Alfred P. Wasleske

Date: December 22, 2002
Time: 23:33:56
Name: Kyle Cannon
Comments: have seen the memorial park, some of my friends asked me to find out more info.....i.e. how she got to muskogee ok. general info etc.........

Date: December 21, 2002
Time: 03:30:58
Name: B.K. Uptagrafft
Comments: I served on the USS Aspro SS-309

Date: December 11, 2002
Time: 18:27:22
Name: Matt Shreve
Comments: James Newkirk (Paramount Heating and Air) directed me to this sight. He really enjoys coming and hearing the stories about the ship, and I enjoy listening to him tell them.

Date: December 9, 2002
Time: 05:46:09
Name: Cindy Keys
Comments: n/t

Date: December 6, 2002
Time: 19:11:09
Name: Richard Strout
Comments: Barry, I am now back in Tennessee and miss the times spent there this summer. I never did get that t-shirt. Hope that things went well for all of you this year and that next year is even better. Thanks for all the memories and great times. Richard Strout.

Date: December 6, 2002
Time: 15:59:35
Name: jim shrum
Comments: I WAS ABOUT NINE OR TEN I WAS IN A GROUP HOME AND EVERY SUMMER THEY WOULD BRING US TO SEE THE USS BATFISH THE FRIST I CAME TO SEE THE SUB YOU HAD JUST THE SUB WE CAME EVERY SUMMER AFTER THAT AND YOU LATER PUT THE GUNS IN MY WIFE AND I ARE GOING TO BRING OUR FOUR KIDS THIS SUMMER. THANKS FOR ALL THE FUN TIMES

Date: December 4, 2002
Time: 01:19:18
Name: JR Linberg
Comments: You've created a great site that reflects a lot of work and much heart. I am the grandson of Malone S Jones. His favorite sub was the USS Sablefish upon which he served a portion of his 30 years in the Navy. Another sub that he was proud to serve on, but rarely spoke of, was the X-1, or properly known as the USS X-1 (SSX-1). Malone, or "Jonsey", also served proudly upon the USS Dace, which noted the history books by saving the crew of the USS Darter, in WW II. The USS Darter had run aground and was under attack by Jap forces. The USS Dace closed in and sent a man in a rubber inflatable to the USS Darter. That man was my grandfather. Malone was always humble when he spoke of that event. He did what he had to do, and simply stated that quarters were "a little" cramped upon the USS Dace for a while. It's too bad he couldn't attend the ceremonies for the X-1 in CT. "Jonsey" passed on in 2000 but would have smiled to see so many friends and family gathered for a ceremony dedicated to a crew and Senior Chief who did what they had to. I'm looking for information on the USS Dace, USS Sablefish, USS X-1, and the "Chief of the Boat"-Malone S Jones. Thank you for any information. Thanks also to the crew of the USS Batfish. Thanks to all the brave for carving out an open piece of history for future generations.

Date: November 20, 2002
Time: 01:37:12
Name: William J. Molteni, Jr.
Comments: I am a nephew of P.G. Molteni Lt. Cmdr. of the USS Batfish. I like to know more about him and his Navy career.

Date: November 12, 2002
Time: 16:49:29
Name: Patricia Fyfe
Comments: Sir. My name is Patricia Fyfe, the daughter of Jake Fyfe, Cdr. John Fyfe, Rear Admiral John Fyfe, however you are familiar with him. I do hope you can help me, I have been trying to locate a painting/picture of the USS Batfish similar to the one my grandfather, Jake Fyfe had. After his death the Fyfe family was unable to keep this portrait secondary to his second wife... I have tried in vain to get it back from her for my father, Capt. John Fyfe, as a gift. I am hoping you might help me in my search of finding another. I look forward to hearing from you soon. On your site, I think it is great... If Poppy were still with us, and was willing to learn something of computers... I know he would love this. I thank you in advance for your time, and again look forward to your contact. Sincerely, Patricia Fyfe, 423 W. York Street #2, Norfolk, VA 23510, FRISHFYFE@aol.com

Date: November 4, 2002
Time: 05:47:27
Name: Dennis Mitchell
Comments: My Dad, George G. Mitchell was on this boat Aug of 1943 ( I need to check the dates) working as a fireman which I believe is someone who worked in the engine room which my father did, as it turns out I am a Firefighter. He just passed away in July of this year (2002). My brother was back their in October and did not see his name listed as a crew member on this boat. I will need to find the necessary documentation that my dad was on that ship so your records can be up-dated. I will get back to you on the exact dates that my father was on the boat so I can get in touch with someone who may have been there at that time. Thanks, Dennis Mitchell 415-519-4171

Date: October 24, 2002
Time: 03:37:09
Name: Heather Anderson
Comments: This is a great Web site! I am writing a book about WWII SubVets in the Pacific. Interviewing many people for it and have had the pleasure to meet a couple of Batfish veterans. Bob Fulton was very helpful to me @ Buffalo. If there is anyone out there who I could contact regarding this, and would like to share their experiences with me, and/or information about other boats, shipmates or friends, please contact me. Greatly appreciated! Sincerely, Heather Anderson

Date: October 20, 2002
Time: 03:15:35
Name: Mark Coover
Comments: This is a Great website. I have visited the Batfish War Memorial park twice, and both times found it interesting and moving. I *Highly* Recommend it. Thank you So Much, Mark :-)

Date: October 8, 2002
Time: 01:39:24
Name: Dennis Reese
Comments: I didn't know she was there until the Dallas USSVI sub vet group came up for a brief work visit this summer. I tried to find her this past weekend on a quick trip to KS for a funeral and saw no signs from 69 HWY. You all have a beautiful piece of Naval history based on the pictures provided on this web site. We're trying to bring the USS Cavalla up to your level of excellence. Best wishes to you and volunteers! Dennis Reese EM1(SS), '62-'68, SS480 and SSBN644B plank owner.

Date: September 24, 2002
Time: 02:17:38
Name: Stephen Halley
Comments: I married Westley Peterson's granddaughter, Dana Peterson-Halley. He was one of the best men I have ever had the honor to know. He died in 1995. He was my grandfather-in-law, my friend, my mentor. I miss him greatly. I would love to have pictures of the batfish, him if possible, and anything you think might help me know what he went through in WWII a little better. He told me some about his experiences but he was a modest man. It is time for me to know more for his great grand children and eventually his great great etc. Thank you.

Date: September 22, 2002
Time: 01:57:23
Name: Matthew Arens
Comments: n/t

Date: September 20, 2002
Time: 17:32:44
Name: Roy Gene Cox
Comments: n/t

Date: September 12, 2002
Time: 21:07:54
Name: Derrick Bandelier
Comments: Just got back from visiting the Batfish this morning with my father. It was my 2nd trip to the sub, and the first since I was a very young boy about 20 years ago. I was happy to see that the boat and the military park had gotten much nicer over the years. Having been a bit of a history buff, I always enjoy experiencing the feel of a boat like Batfish - I only wish I could have gotten into the conning tower! Thanks again, and best of luck getting those diesels running again!

Date: September 06, 2002
Time: 20:35:03
Name: John Timothy II
Comments: Wow, what a great website for a deserving attraction.

Date: September 01, 2002
Time: 20:50:03
Name: David Howard
Comments: Back in 74 or 75, my father took me to see the Batfish and at the age of 11 it seemed incredible. In 76 or 77, my Boy Scout Troop got to stay the night on the Batfish (a nite when the Batfish had many more battles and got to sink at least a dozen more ships before we had to go to sleep). In 1988, I took my son to see the Batfish (great tour since I got in free because I was in the Marine Corps). I recently visited on 24 Aug 2002. What a beautiful site the Park is. Everyone connected with the Batfish have done an excellent job of displaying a piece of American History. David sgtokie@aol.com

Date: September 01, 2002
Time: 15:37:30
Name: Fred Roberts
Comments: Have read book on Batfish, was just browsing and thought of Batfish. Decided to see what was out on the net. Cool

Date: August 31, 2002
Time: 21:41:01
Name: Gene Woody
Comments: I am retired Navy, 1983, I served on USS GRAYLING SSN646, and have been interested in submarines since before I joined the navy. I learned of your "site" from a young man who visited the memorial of the USS CAVALLA in Houston, Tx. I work with him and his whole attitude about the military has changed since visiting the boat. His patriotism has soared also. Thank you for the information on USS BATFISH

Date: August 22, 2002
Time: 06:46:52
Name: Naomi Ruthven
Comments: My grandfather, John R. Ruthven, served aboard the USS Batfish. I would love to talk to anyway that served alongside with him. Thank you all for your dedication!

Date: August 20, 2002
Time: 22:02:23
Name: Paul Ermisch
Comments: Just worked your radio station WW2SUB (operator Sam) this afternoon. Thanks for the contact and maybe I'll visit the next time I'm out visiting relatives around OK. Found the site through www.qrz.com/ww2sub. 73, Paul

Date: Augusts 14, 2002
Time: 09:15:55
Name: Rob Robbins
Comments: Arrived via a link on a page regarding tips to the WW2 Sub Sim Computer Game "Silent Hunter". I think your site is great! I visited the Batfish around 6 or 7 years ago, and I can see you and your volunteers have done a lot of work on it since then. I hope to return for a visit at some point in the future. Also, love the Patrol Logs. Keep up the good work!

Date: August 6, 2002
Time: 01:30:01
Name: Sheila Bailleaux
Comments: Just checking out your site. I love it! My grandfater, Pete Morreale served on the Batfish in WWII.

Date: August 5, 2002
Time: 23:55:25
Name: Richard Morreale
Comments: My grandfather Pete Morreale and I where pleasantly suprised to find photographs of him (background buying cigarettes, and cable sitting in relaxing topside photo). You have compiled an excellent web page, and I salute you for the giving the respect all of these sailors deserve and earned, with your outstanding web pages.

Date: August 5, 2002
Time: 22:31:39
Name: Pete Morreale
Comments: I really enjoy the website, and would like to thank you for keeping us updated. Also was watching the silent service on the history channel and wondering why the Batfish was not mentioned???

Date: August 3, 2002
Time: 01:04:19
Name: Cindy Weigand
Comments: I'm looking for information on a captured German submarine in WWII. Do you know anything about it? Thanks, Cindy Weigand

Date: August 1, 2002
Time: 02:33:21
Name: Jack Hannon
Comments: n/t

Date: July 31, 2002
Time: 18:32:23
Name: george cone
Comments: this is a nice web page, however, to see as sub on dry land is quite a shock, especially a ww2 sub. I served aboard uss tench ss417 for 3 years after ww2. thanks for this site, George

Date: July 31, 2002
Time: 13:01:51
Name: stephen clapshoe
Comments: Dear all I rember reading a book about the batfish , it was nice to see the sub and brave crew sailed those sea . thank god for american kind regards steve united kindom , england sussex worthing

Date: July 29, 2002
Time: 07:35:17
Name: William Platt
Comments: Batfish is a great name - and it must have been a great boat. I have an unidentified submarine on my web site - www.50snavy.org/ is on the "unidentified ship" page - resting next to Bon Homme Richard as it was spending final days. Photo taken at San Pedro,Ca. about 10 years ago. If anyone knows sub - kindly e mail. I like old photos of shipboard life - and looked for sub site to place above message.

Date: July 27, 2002
Time: 03:18:13
Name: Chuck F
Comments: A sincere thank you to the men who risked their lives protecting our freedom....may God bless you all

Date: July 20, 2002
Time: 21:18:55
Name: Steve Carpenter
Comments: Hi, Sam. TNX for the 20-Meter QSO on Saturday 20 July 2002. I am a student of WWII history and enjoy working veterans, memorials, and even active service ships or deployed military. My deepest gratitude to those members of the Silent Service who helped defend the world from tyranny in those dark days. Even though I was to be born a full 10 years after the war's end, I have come to understand the full impact and importance of that conflict as being one of the defining events in human history. Moreover, the duty, service and sacrifice of so many gave us the world we have today. May God bless them all, and God bless America.73.

Date: July 13, 2002
Time: 20:55:13
Name: dennis sullivan
Comments: Thanks for a good job on this site. I enjoyed reading the patrol logs.Hope to go to the Batfish in the near future.

Date: July 12, 2002
Time: 21:30:32
Name: JIM LEATON
Comments: WE INTEND TO VISIT THE BATFISH ON JULY 13, 2002. THIS WILL BE OUR ONE DAY VACATION FOR THE SUMMER. WE WILL ALSO BE VISITING TSA LA GI. THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING SITE. THANKS FOR PROVIDING IT.

Date: July 12, 2002
Time: 12:46:45
Name: wilfred lee
Comments: how many subs did the ussbatfish sink?
The Batfish sank 3 IJN subs. For more info, see Which Sub Was it?

Date: July 9, 2002
Time: 00:01:20
Name: ted vitek
Comments: n/t

Date: July 7, 2002
Time: 23:07:48
Name: Blake Manning
Comments: I live a short distance from the Batfish Memorial. I was curious about the Batfish and bought a book on eBay. After reading the book I took my family to the Memorial for a tour. I gave the book to a former employer who was a WW2 veteran. Every now and again I like to search for more information about the USS Batfish. That is how I found your site. Thanks for having it.

Date: June 24, 2002
Time: 22:24:57
Name: Mark Long
Comments: I served on board the USS BATFISH (SSN 681) from 1982 to 1986 and have been very interested in the history of the boat's name sake. Very nice site, I really like it. Thanks YN2(SS) Mark L. Long

Date: June 23, 2002
Time: 09:15:18
Name: Donald Fitzgerald
Comments: I'm from Birmingham Ia. and was visiting relation io Salina Ok. a few years ago and was told of the Batfish. We made a stop by too check it out , you have a really nice place there , i'm planning on returing a trip there again. We make one or two trips to Ok. a year so one of these days when I can spare a half day I visit the Batfish again. Don Fitzgerald

Date: June 14, 2002
Time: 12:10:24
Name: Thomas Pace
Comments: Live in Amarillo, Texas. Would like to see boat sometime. As an ex paratrooper I'm sort of facinated w/ boats that sink on purpose.

Date: June 10, 2002
Time: 20:12:00
Name: William Braswell
Comments: You have a nice website...

Date: June 6, 2002
Time: 16:19:43
Name: Robert Wiener
Comments: I was waiting for W1AW to come on with slow code speed. I am a new ham and learning 7 WPM. When my dial passed WW2SUB on 20 meter CW I was enthralled, that led me to your web site. My brother was a sailor in WW2. Fred Wiener is his name and that only ads to my interest. Far be if from me to suggest any improvements, keep up the good work, thank you and GOD Bless AMERICA. Bob

Date: June 3, 2002
Time: 15:19:04
Name: Albert Tamm
Comments: Hello Sam and was nice qso on 20 mtr cw today 6/3 and I was in Navy from April 1938 thru 1945. Served USS Sampson DD394 first ship, then on variety others> Survey ship USS Bushnell 1939 to 1940 Sub Chaser PC473 then Communication ship in European waters, then finally on a AKA attack cargo ship and was at Okinawa on VJ days. Was a Chief Radioman Sam. After Navy got into CAA / FAA in Air traffic Control. Was in okla city last dury station as Assistant Chief of Tower at Wiley Post Airport, and retired on my 53rd birthday June 30 1972 with nearly 32 service 73

Date: June 02, 2002
Time: 11:06:05
Name: Carl Weber
Comments: It's a great website. I recommissioned the Batfish in 1952, stayed aboard until 1955. Was RM1 (ss)

Date: June 01, 2002
Time: 21:11:17
Name: Deanna Harrison
Comments: Terrific site! I look forward to seeing the real thing someday,maybe I can get a personal tour:)

Date: May 30, 2002
Time: 15:52:46
Name: Louis dodaro
Comments: I found out about the Batfish from Stan Javorski a crewmember. I went to radio school and wanted to volenteer for sub duty and to try to get aboard the Dorado. Nobody in my class wanted sub duty but I talked 10 men into it but made sure they were alpabetically after my name because that's how they were picking them. I outfoxed myself and names were picked out of a hat. I then served on U.S.S. Frankln CV13 and brought her back to Brooklyn Navy Yard after we were hit. Before I got on the Franklin I was schedualed for the U.S.S.Indianapolis which was going to be leaving San Francisco. I was on a work detail and by time they found me it was too late because the Indianapolis pulled out of port.

Date: May 28, 2002
Time: 16:49:54
Name: Don Weis
Comments: Hi there, My dad (Dell Weis) was on the batfish, I was just checking your Web site. Just to whom it may concern, He is still kicking , not to high though. I know he would love to go back there but that might be to hard. well I wanted to say hi for him. Take care Don.

Date: May 27, 2002
Time: 23:06:20
Name: donna smith
Comments: I really enjoyed finding this site Capt. John Kerr Fyfe was my grandfather and I miss him dearly. I have always been very proud of him. Ive never visited the Batfish but my husband and I did visit a submarine in Baltimore and we were given a tour by a man who served with him and it was really interesting to hear some of the stories first hand

Date: May 21, 2002
Time: 12:15:56
Name: cristian wandel petersen
Comments: greetings to all of you

Date: May 16, 2002
Time: 22:24:35
Name: Melissa Amra
Comments: I'm looking for information about my step-father..... His discharge papers cited the USS Batfish SS 310 as the last vessel he served on.....He was discharged on May 27, 1957... His name was Howard A "Rocky" Rockwood.... Hi DOB was in 1927.... He was a Teleman.... If you have any information that you could forward to me, It would be greatly appreciated....If you knew "Rocky" I am sorry to inform you, he passed away in June of 1994. Thanks again.....Melissa W Amra

Date: May 15, 2002
Time: 20:51:54 Name: Raymond Birdsall Jr.
Comments: 2002 Reunion Picture

Date: May 13, 2002
Time: 15:17:53
Name: Joseph Cox Comments: I visited the Batfish on May 5, 2002 with my daughter Joan and three grandchildren Adrian age 6 and Justine and Drew age 4. I visited the Batfish in 1990 and it was in bad shape. My visit on May 5, 2002 really lifted my spirits. She is looking great. Someone has done a lot of work on her and it shows. I served on the Batfish her 7th patrol and helped put her in mothballs at Mare Island. I would like to see my name on the crew list. For some reason a lot of us have been left off of the list and that should be corrected or the list taken off. Thanks, Joe Cox, RMNSN

Date: May 11, 2002
Time: 21:44:35
Name: JIMMIE DRUSH
Comments: I WAS WORKING IN MUSKOGEE,OK THIS YEAR AND I GOT TO MEET SOME OF THE GUYS THAT THERE FOR THE REUNION . I WAS THERE WORKING SPRAYING THE R.R. GOOD BUNCH OF GUYS. HOPE EVERYONE MADE I HOME ALRIGHT JIMMIE

Date: May 7, 2002
Time: 20:58:31
Name: Carmon H Webb
Comments: Rode the Batfish from late in 1955 until her decommissoning in aug of 1958 in Charleston SC I was an engineman in the fwd eng rm.Sorry i couldent make the renion this year. back problems prevented me from doing so.maybe next year.

Date: May 3, 2002
Time: 21:14:07
Name: ALLEN D. HUTCHINSON
Comments: I QUALIFIED ABOARD THE BALAO IN 1959 AT KEY WEST FLA. I ALSO SERVED ABOARD THE USS MACKERAL SST-1. I RETIRED FROM US NAVY RESERVE IN 1978 WITH 20 YEARS OF SERVICE- WITH FOUR YEARS ACTIVE . I SPENT A VERY COLD NIGHT IN THE WINTER OF 1979 ABOARD THE BATFISH WITH A BUNCH OF COLD BOY SCOUTS FROM FT.SMITH AR. THEY HAD A GREAT TIME. HOPE YOUR AIR IS ALWAYS GOOD AND YOUR COFFEE HOT. AN OLD NOW GRAYING EMI(SS). I NOW LIVE IN SPRINGDALE AR. AND I AM ALSO RETIRED FROM SOUTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE.

Date: April 29, 2002
Time: 18:51:06
Name: KIRK MCGOWEN
Comments: MY DAD TOOK ME A TOUR THROUGH THE SHIP TODAY IT WAS VERY INTERESTING. MY DAD BARRE MCGOWEN IS ONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS FOR THE BATFISH. ALL OF VOLUNTEERS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB.

Date: April 28, 2002
Time: 17:43:37
Name: Charles Seelinger
Comments: Looks great! When is it open for tours? Thanks, cms

Date: April 27, 2002
Time: 20:38:35
Name: Elgie Mills
Comments: this sub was launched on the same day I was born.

Date: April 27, 2002
Time: 13:57:10
Name: mel lockwood
Comments: I made contact with the amateur radio operator on 20 meters and he told me about your site. I would like to thank Warren in his call back while I was CQing just below the pileup freq. That was the best 10 minutes I have spent so far on HF. Keep it up. Warren sure told me all about the memorial and I was fasinated to hear about it. Now I have a reason to go to OK, HI HI. I am a WW2 history buff and love to watch the history channel when there is something about it. I am sorry to say that I can not recall hearing about this sub but I am sure that there was something on this. Thanks for the time Warren. 73s to all KBVWJ in MN.

Date: April 26, 2002
Time: 16:49:56
Name: Larry O'Daniel
Comments: Great Site.

Date: April 26, 2002
Time: 15:33:07
Name: Pedro Castillo
Comments: I was at the park in 2000 and I have to say that it has been one of the most memorable experiences in my life! being aboard a WW2 submarine, amzing!! thanks to everybody for keeping this memories alive.

Date: April 24, 2002
Time: 19:30:23
Name: Ron Wightman
Comments: My father if Earl Wightman 943 73 33 he was on the 310 and will be at the reunin May 3 and 4 2002

Date: April 18, 2002
Time: 21:02:48
Name: Melissa Amra
Comments: Hi.......I'm looking for information on my step-father....The USS Batfish was the last vessel he served before discharge in May of 1957... I believe he may have been aboard the Batfish as early as 1955.... His name was Howard A "Rocky" Rockwood....a Teleman.... Any information would be greatly appreciated... I thank the US Navy for molding the man that lead me down the straight and narrow...."Rocky" passed away in June of 1994.....Thank you very much..... melissa26@gsiwave.com

Date: April 16, 2002
Time: 09:13:43
Name: Dick Becker
Comments: Gentlemen, I was introduced to the Batfish in 1968, New Orleans, La. upon my return from Vietnam. I was assigned to the USS Hyman DD732 which was moored in front of the Batfish, at that time, the closed naval station. As I remember only two sailors were attached to the Batfish at that time. I made many visits to the sub during off duty hours. I am pleased to read this site to see her preserved. Good work! I may have pictures of her in New Orleans. I was married on the base. Dick Becker, TM2, USS Wainwright DLG-28/CG28 (Plankowner), USS Hyman DD-732 (Last duty station 1969)"Capt. Terry and the Pirates" crew of the "Merry Cherry".

Date: March 31, 2002
Time: 22:27:26
Name: joe bradley
Comments: Served aboard the Batfish in the mid fifties inKey West. My fondest memories of the Navy

Date: March 31, 2002
Time: 20:49:42
Name: Darrell Ramsden
Comments: n/t

Date: March 29, 2002
Time: 20:30:02
Name: john golembiewski
Comments: n/t

Date: March 29, 2002
Time: 13:34:42
Name: Stephen Goff
Comments: Hello I lived in Tulsa and visted the USS BATFISH(310) many times.I love any navy ships .Good job on the park.

Date: March 26, 2002
Time: 00:24:03
Name: Ronny Saxe
Comments: You have a very nice website: keep going on honouring Subs and SubVets. Warm greetings from Belgium. Ron

Date: March 25, 2002
Time: 20:52:18
Name: Leroy Koetz
Comments: I just checked out the site. My dad was on the Batfish on it's last cruise.

Date: March 20, 2002
Time: 22:19:45
Name: Jerry Lee Lindsley
Comments: Today I visited the USS Batfish and was very impressed. If I just lived closer I would love to be a volenteer. I would like to learn everything about her and her crew. Then when I visit again, I will take much more time going through her. I could say much more but I feel you get my thoughts. Thank You much for just being there and above all for restoreing her and keeping her, still on watch. Jerry Lee Lindsley, El Reno, OK

Date: March 18, 2002
Time: 23:26:08
Name: Harrell Cathey
Comments: n/t

Date: March 18, 2002
Time: 22:28:36
Name: maehs
Comments: I caught your story of the restoration in the oklahoman just wanted you all to know its a great thing you are doing restoring a part of history great going!!! Keep up the good work.

Date: March 18, 2002
Time: 20:58:43
Name: Kim Boehm
Comments: My Mother , Jo Boehm, Lt, USN,NC, served during WWII. While looking at her old papers and photos, after her death, I found an original invitation to the Commisioning Party. It is signed by a W.V. Davis, F2/C. I would be happy to donate this to your museum or where ever it would be best displayed. Can any one tell me about Davis. Was he on the commisioning crew or maybe some clerk who handed out the invites?? Why would my Mother ( Who was a nurse at the time) recieve one. Could this Davis person have been linked to my Mother at that time. I wasnt' born til '55 so this is all way before my time. Await your reply. Thanks, Kim.( PS I was a jarhead for 4 years, the first one in my family, not to join the Navy, so dont you think I took crap for that!!!)

Date: March 18, 2002
Time: 09:24:04
Name: Raeona Prescott
Comments: Great to see a website for this vessel! You've done wonderful work.

Date: March 17, 2002
Time: 17:43:40
Name: David Gall
Comments: Thanks!

Date: March 13, 2002
Time: 19:22:56
Name: joel huhtanen
Comments: Searching for....Anthony Giordano USS Batfish Groton CT.. or Heirs to him. I served aboard the SSBN-635 Sam Rayburn and I have some info for him/them. r/ Joel

Date: March 10, 2002
Time: 14:23:34
Name: Mike Robinson
Comments: My father, LeRoy Robinson was on the Batfish as a rear torpedoeman. He died in 1977. I recall the many stories he told us about the war patrols, stagnant air, depth charges etc. The first sub he was on was doing practice dives outside Pearl Harbor and he slipped on a ladder rung and broke his ankle while dogging a hatch before a dive. That sub went out on a war patrol and was never seen again. I wish I could remember the name of it.

Date: February 12, 2002
Time: 21:58:02
Name: Carl Weber
Comments: I was on the Bergall during WWII but put the Batfish back in commission in 1952 with Jackson as the CO and spent 4 years onboard and loved it. It was a great boat with a great recommissioning crew.

Date: February 8, 2002
Time: 14:27:02
Name: Gary Axelsen
Comments: I have never served in the military but have a real thing for submarine warfare. I am a real sub simulation fan just found copy of silent hunter look forward to many hours of enjoyment playing it. I have the most utmost respect for the brave people that have served and are serving our country in the military. They are all my HEROES You should be very proud of the website you have put together. I can see by looking at it that you are a very patriotic American and my hat is off to you. Thanks for the enjoyment of visiting you site!!!

Date: February 7, 2002
Time: 01:03:05
Name: Al Lansdowne
Comments: Nice site! Cavalla vet, Cavalla Historical Foundation member, volunteer as able.

Date: January 31, 2002
Time: 13:41:04
Name: Frank D Pietroski
Comments: I was a crew member from 10/55 till 9/57 I hope to get out there in early May for the reunion

Date: January 29, 2002
Time: 16:34:43
Name: Tim Lyle
Comments: Sub Sim fan and retired USAF pilot. Things sure worked slower in the Submariner's world, but have all the respect in the world for the brave men who manned such as the Batfish and Gato and those who man the modern versions as well. Well Done!

Date: January 24, 2002
Time: 11:26:07
Name: Tina Opp
Comments: Nice website!

Date: January 15, 2002
Time: 14:59:44
Name: Chris Dawson
Comments: I've come to the Batfish almost every time I visit my family in Muskogee. I remember seeing it the first time as a small child. This site is very well laid out and informative, well done!

Date: January 14, 2002
Time: 23:32:59
Name: Frank Kramer
Comments: I found your site via the USS COD's web site. Frank M. Kramer RMCS(SS) USN Ret

Date: January 11, 2002
Time: 09:58:57
Name: gladys walton
Comments: harry coker is my dad. my family and i sure does miss him alot . we think of him very much. if you would please let me know by e-mail when and where the reunion will be at this year. my family and i will be there. i want to go to honor my dad for all he has done for our country. harry is missed and loved very much from his stepdaughter and his two beautiful grandchildren. every body knows who they are. they are harry's babies. please keep me posted on everything.

Date: January 3, 2002
Time: 07:00:20
Name: gary collar
Comments: FYI the photo of battle flags, thats my dad robert a collar standing towards the back on watch. its one the few photos of him i have. thanks again. gary r collar

Date: January 3, 2002
Time: 03:31:48
Name: gary collar
Comments: my father robert a collar served in ww2 in the latter stages he was on patrol when they sank the 3 japanese subs. he was a forward torpedoman.i came by your site just by typing in sub batfish.dad died in 87 he always had good things to say about the men he served with my email garydenise69@hotmail.com

Date: January 1, 2002
Time: 23:54:27
Name: Kevin Fambrough
Comments: Sent a recent e-mail about my dad, Joe Fambrough BM1, (USN, ret.) who served on Batfish from 28 June to 28 Sept. 1960 in New Orleans. Left out how to reach me: fambreaux@aol.com

 

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