The Champion Submarine-Killing Submarine of World War Two


Guestbook, 2006

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Date: December 31, 2006
Time: 12:45:19 PM
Name: willard cherowbrier
Comments: i am the son of edward cherowbrier who served on the batfish during wwii. my father told me many stories of the events that took place during his tour on the sub. i am thrilled to find this website. i wish my dad was still alive so he could have seen it. thank you.
Date: December 29, 2006
Time: 10:49:39 PM
Name: dyork
Comments: i would like to read about information on batfish.
Date: December 20, 2006
Time: 4:52:46 PM
Name: wiley davis
Comments: none
Date: December 15, 2006
Time: 1:18:14 PM
Name: william schofield
Comments: i look forward to visiting the "batfish" soon.

Date: December 14, 2006
Time: 1:04:03 PM
Name: luann bordi-morgan
Comments: this is a wonderful web site. my father (louis bordi) served for short time on the batfish. there is a picture of him on the mast in the batfish book, which i have a copy of, so this site is one i will take the time to browse. thank you for this great opportunity.
Date: December 7, 2006
Time: 8:39:35 AM
Name: debby garcia
Comments: i am the daughter of ray drechsler who served aboard the uss batfish during the korean conflict (radar/sonar). i have visited the submarine but this is the first time i have visted the website. it was very well done and i enjoyed reading about the submarine.
Date: December 5, 2006
Time: 4:41:55 PM
Name: art hight
Comments: thanks so much for including the combat patrol reports. i've never seen anything like them before, and found them fascinating! good job. i came to the site through a wikipedia search for "museum ships". i've taken to locating the ships through a combination of wikipedia, mapquest, and google earth, putting a tag next to each satellite picture. yours was easy to find!
Date: November 14, 2006
Time: 6:31:27 PM
Name: donald mccray
Comments: i learned of the uss bat fish from my father-in-law was a black sub mariner. i didn't believe him at first, but after some research. here i am.i am excited to fine out all i can about this boat as he calls it. are there there any documentaries on the bat fish ie discovery, history channel etc. thanks don mccray
Date: November 11, 2006
Time: 10:11:26 AM
Name: don melanson
Comments: just worked ww2sub on 20 meters and would like to say thank you for everything you are doing. you should all be proud. thanks again don melanson 73s
Date: November 11, 2006
Time: 10:10:15 AM
Name: tom zyniecki
Comments: nice tour and thanks for the radio contact on 11/11/06. tom kd8bjh
Date: November 10, 2006
Time: 11:48:55 AM
Name: ed howard
Comments: bz on a great web site! i've bookmarked it and i encourage all your visitors to do the same. the site is an enduring tribute to the gallant crew and boat responsible for sinking three japanese submarines in the south china sea on her sixth war patrol. hope to see you back with us at the pacific thunder campaign when silent hunter 4 surfaces.
Date: November 5, 2006
Time: 8:51:15 PM
Name: tom kanost
Comments: found through aaa magazine great job done on this website!
Date: October 20, 2006
Time: 9:13:08 PM
Name: robert kniprath
Comments: one of the three aviators the batfish pulled out of the sea on the 7th war patrol, james van epps, is a good aquaintance of mine and he told me about the web site. incredible stuff! i am only 32 years old and hold a special place in my soul for all of those who have served, in particular the men of wwii. wonderful web site, i was glued to the war patrol logs all week!
Date: October 18, 2006
Time: 7:04:16 PM
Name: karrie
Comments: this sight is soooooooo great. the u.s.s. batfish is awsome tha is where my brother and sister went for their vacation and they loved it and now she is doing a report on it! :) next year i would love to go and see the u.s.s. batfish. sincerly, karrie welch
Date: October 12, 2006
Time: 10:56:17 AM
Name: mike stephens
Comments: yesterday was a beautiful clear day in muskogee, i just exited ss310 aft hatch after spending 1/2 hour inside imagining what it would be like to go on patrol in that boat in '44. with my head still transported to '44, i suddenly hear the whine of an aircraft. by the noise, i immediately can tell it is a military ww2 plane and not a cessna/piper. standing by the sub's deck gun, i search the sky for a visual id. i spot the lone aircraft about 1000 agl circling me about 1/2 mile radius. the aircraft is banking when i gasp as i see the japanese sun painted on both wing tops. for the briefest of moment, i wonder if the aircraft could be a kate class japanese bomber. i verify that the aircraft doesn't have a torpedo. why didn't the sd radar detect the enemy, was the radar guy asleep? should we dive the boat or should i man the 50 cals. would the 5" gun be effective so close? i still don't know why the at6 had japanese marking, but i bet he was having fun doing an "attack" on ss310. great museum, thanks for allowing me to see ss310. mike stephens
Date: October 6, 2006
Time: 14:02:06
Name: mike sellmeyer
Comments: i am reading the war patrols, they are so interesting....i have such a facination with subs of ww2. i just happened upon the web page and just loving all the info i can find. i do wish i new what all the acronims stand for. thanks, mike
Date: October 4, 2006
Time: 14:44:35
Name: rhonda herriman
Comments: hi! my name is rhonda herriman and i'm a teacher at webster high school in tulsa , oklahoma. my students and i plan on coming out to muskogee to see the batfish, october 17, tuesday. thanks!
Date: October 3, 2006
Time: 05:34:02
Name: andrew callanan
Comments: hello to those that may read this. i am the grandson of james callanan and wanted say that i am proud of all of you. i recently finished some research on your proud ship and thought i would give a hearty hello. :) thanks, andrew callanan
Date: September 26, 2006
Time: 18:01:32
Name: e,maurice petray
Comments: n/t
Date: September 19, 2006
Time: 00:17:46
Name: james shaw
Comments: i just finished reading the library book about the "batfish". enjoyed readding it very much. i belong to the navy league u.s., although i was a radio operator in the air force in ww ii.
Date: September 17, 2006
Time: 13:33:33
Name: ray w. de yarmin
Comments: hope to visit your museum before long. moved to tulsa from bremerton, wa. was member of bremerton base subvets.
Date: September 17, 2006
Time: 01:15:52
Name: bob abrams
Comments: subs rock.
Date: September 11, 2006
Time: 20:58:57
Name: gordon beach
Comments: great web site
Date: September 9, 2006
Time: 21:04:19
Name: rex thompson
Comments: i have read the story of batfish and the difficulties you have overcome! batfish must love you! i served on uss randolph cv-15, in air group 12, in vf-12 in early 1945...we all loved the rescue subs! gave us a really hopeful outlook in case we were forced to ditch...long swim if no rescue subs around? rex thompson
Date: September 7, 2006
Time: 01:01:52
Name: tom hope
Comments: to the crew of the batfish. thanks for serving during the war and for all the hardships and sacrifices that you endured. you guys are a great generation! with great respect from a baby boomer.
Date: September 5, 2006
Time: 00:25:23
Name: keivn may
Comments: just finished the book 'in the course of duty' by don keith. the story of the batfish fills me with pride of those who served on the boat. regards
Date: August 31, 2006
Time: 20:35:46
Name: charles key
comments: very informative
Date: August 29, 2006
Time: 23:35:16
Name: phyllis comfort barney
Comments: my brother, kenneth e. comfort was a torpedoman on the"batfish" and was on most of the patrols during the war. he has passed away and i read the book "in the course of duty" and didn't realize what danger he was in. i want to visit muskogee, okla. to see the submarine. thanks for providing such a wonderful website. phyllis comfort barney
Date: August 29, 2006
Time: 21:09:31
Name: rob hewitt
Comments: i toured the batfish on august 12 with a friend. we enjoyed it. the museum has done a nice job of maintaining the batfish. i also bought souvenirs in the neat gift shop. i hope to visit again during thanksgiving. will the museum be open for touring on thanksgiving morning?
Date: August 15, 2006
Time: 13:44:26
Name: victor pulliam
Comments: job well done!!
Date: August 9, 2006
Time: 00:55:43
Name: elaine eaton
Comments: my dad was delbert f. weis. he was abord the batfish. i enjoyed this site very much... thank you elaine
Date: August 8, 2006
Time: 20:01:45
Name: john ambler
Comments: i took a tour of the boat on 08-05-06 and was in total amazement. my hats off to any man who could do battle in one of those subs. god bless them all! thanks for preserving this so that my children could see what war was like for my father.
Date: August 6, 2006
Time: 13:54:33
Name: tom deus
Comments: found your site after reading "in the call of duty," by don keith
Date: August 4, 2006
Time: 03:21:44B Name: bob abrams
Comments: 'can't wait to visit! we live in edmond, ok. i love subs.
Date: August 3, 2006
Time: 16:10:14
Name: bill arnold
Comments: just worked sam aboard the batfish - 20 meter ssb - from holden beach, nc on the atlantic shore, in the area of many ww-2 german torpedo attacks. see "in some foreign field" by van naisawald (my father-in-law) for details of the sinking of hms bedfordshire by u558 off the north carolina coast not far from here. thanks for the contact! bill arnold - k4ib/p4
Date: July 14, 2006
Time: 01:37:56
Name: don hooper dk1
Comments: Just finished reading In the Course of Duty and wanted to see the old girl.
Date: July 9, 2006
Time: 02:03:51
Name: Gilbert E Ferrell
Comments: I really enjoyed your site very much . I got to the site by way of a fellow veteran who posted it on our Artillery group site. Thanks
Date: July 4, 2006
Time: 05:43:30
Name: willa morgan
Comments: I visited the Batfish with my sister last October. We had a wonderful time. I wish I could take all 17 of my grandchildren there. How interesting it was to go into a real sub. It was amazing to us how so many men could live in such a small space. God Love the USA
Date: July 1, 2006
Time: 06:22:16
Name: Billy D. Sansom
Comments: I loved the book,In the Course of Duty, well done, I was moved by all of it. I'm proud of every one of you. If I ever get to Oklahoma I will stop and spend some time on "Batfish", It would be an honor to walk her decks.
Date: June 24, 2006
Time: 06:28:38
Name: Jeff Ferrara
Comments: Found your site from the reading of the book "In the Course of Duty"
Date: June 21, 2006
Time: 13:55:25
Name: sam semple/ve1yvn
Comments: good day : just wanted to say how much i have enjoyed listening to ham operator "sam" broadcasting from the radio room on the batfish today June 21st/06. i am a former Canadian navy wireless operator and now ham operator from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia ( port of Halifax ) regards sam // ve1yvn
Date: June 20, 2006
Time: 13:51:04
Name: bobbi cislo
Comments: My Uncle was a member of the crew of the Batfish during the time that it was deployed in the Pacific suring WWII. He has recently passed away and while going thru some of his memoirs, we read some letters that he sent and received during his Navy life. He spoke of the 3 downed subs and how proud he was to serve his country. I work for the Redcross and have had close ties with the Naval Sub Base in Groton. I guess I now know why i was drawn to the base. God bless all of the crew that served on the Batfish, and bless everyone who is serving or has served this great country.
Date: June 18, 2006
Time: 19:09:28
Name: Charles Dahlstrom
Comments: I am currently reading"In The Course of Duty" and just thought I would drop in for a visit. I do naval research fo the Admiral Nimitz Foundation and love naval history. Served on USS Mississippi BB41 during the war and then served on USS Gainard DD706 and USS Jupiter AVS8 during Korean War. You hav a great site. Thanks Charles D.
Date: June 15, 2006
Time: 01:14:30
Name: Stephen Dudley
Comments: Hi there, Got here from cj750 (Jay) from: I am a retired Chief Machinist's Mate (Submarines). I served onboard: USS SIMON BOLIVAR SSBN-641(B) USS HENRY M. JACKSON SSBN-730(B) {PLANK OWNER} USS GURNARD SSN-662 SHORE DUTY @ TRIREFFAC BANGOR NSB
Date: June 14, 2006
Time: 20:43:52
Name: Carlton Brinda
Comments: I am an active duty submariner from Kansas and I have passed the sign a couple of times on trips home. I keep meaning to stop but usually we pass in the night time or off-season. I just recently picked up the book "In the Course of Duty' and have enjoyed reading what it was like on the old pig boats. I truly respect what submariners had to go through in the real Navy. We have it easy these days. I just wish I knew someone that rode the old boats especially during WW2. I have never felt scared going out on the Los Angeles class subs I have been stationed on. Diesel boat sub vets have my utmost respect and so do all the men that fought so hard for the memorial to all the men who never made it back. I plan on stopping by in Sept when I drive through to KS. Once again thank you for everything you have done.
Date: June 14, 2006
Time: 13:43:26
Comments: Fantastic Site, wonderful glimpse into WW2. Enjoyed the archive photos and the Virtual Tour of the Batfish.
Date: June 13, 2006
Time: 13:51:42
Name: Ted Swanson
Comments: My qualifying in Submarines was accomplished on board the Batfish in 1956. On June 10 2006 I was inducted into the Holland Club. A fast 50 years. I hope to get to see the OLD GAL somrtime in the near future.
Date: June 10, 2006
Time: 22:31:52
Name: Charles Dahlstrom
Comments: I do naval research for the Admiral Nimitz Foundation in Fredericksburg TX and am reading In The Course Of Duty about the USS Batfish and just thought I would check out its website. Thanks. it is very interesting. Charles Dahlstrom
Date: June 4, 2006
Time: 14:53:38
Name: Swede Erickson
Comments: Great site. Thanks for setting it up.
Date: June 4, 2006
Time: 01:10:48
Name: David Long
Comments: I had a radio contact today on 20 meters CW with WW2SUB and your radio room ham radio operator of the day, Sam. It was a very enjoyable and memorable QSO. My wife is from Enid, OK and I grew up in Tulsa. Next time we're back visiting family we'll make certain to visit USS Batfish in person. Tnx & 73, Dave
Date: June 3, 2006
Time: 23:06:31
Name: steve Allen/N9SRA
Comments: Hi Arrived at the site by working Jim on 14.260 ssb. Onboard the Batfish, Thought I would check out the website. 73's Steve N9SRA
Date: June 3, 2006
Time: 20:12:48
Name: Jeff
Comments: Hey Sam tnx fer the contact on 20m. Keep up the gud work and ur website is great. My God bless all service vets.
Date: June 3, 2006
Time: 15:23:30
Name: Mario Arvelo - N2MZZ
Comments: I made contact with your ship during the special event on 6/3 on 20 meters.
Date: May 31, 2006
Time: 02:54:36 (GMT)
Name: jimmy mcbrayer
Address: Comments: one of these days, i will get to stop by and look around.i live in sherman,and have been thru there many and my wife, spent our 5th. your fair city, but it was febuary and you were closed, you take care and keep up the good work. jimmy mcbrayer
Date: May 27, 2006
Time: 14:44:19
Name: Andrew Mobbs
Comments: Hello my name is Andrew Mobbs im 16 now and my grandfather Bud Mobbs was on the USS Batfish. He told me a lot of stuff about what he did and i had to look and see.
Date: May 20, 2006
Time: 14:50:19
Name: Jesse Smith
Comments: Hello, just found your site. My wifes dad served on the Batfish, she inherited all of his memorabilia. According to your crew list he was on during the second commissioning. We will be visiting the Batfish in July. We recently moved to Missouri and I just found out it was in Oklahoma. Thanks for the great info! Jesse Smith His name was William Hallead, he died in 1982.
Date: May 19, 2006
Time: 04:04:19
Name: Arrik J. Oswald
Comments: Just thinking of my Grandfather, Robert Oswald, who never failed to do his duty for our family, God, and country. Not only does he have a great family, who loves him dearly, he has done the most any man could hope to do for us all. In my family, we all know the stories of triumph that the SS Batfish could tell yet we still sit around the fire in hopes of a tale that Grandpa might tell. History is not lost with us! We think of Grandpa's mates as our own kin and thank them all for what they have done in the name of our Lord God and the free world. My Grandfather is what I know to be the measure of a man, as are his mates. THE RIGHT MEN FOR THE JOB. SS BATFIHS ALWAYS! ----Arrik J. Oswald grandson of the Great Robert Oswald Father of six and loved by countless.
Date: May 17, 2006
Time: 16:50:34
Comments: great site and pictures with great data sheets. good luck and please keep the boat in good shape
Date: May 15, 2006
Time: 00:30:51
Name: Daniel Burkhart
Comments: I went and spent some time at the submarie with my class from school.I went went my history class. It was something I have been telling everyone about. I tell everyone to take a couple hours to go visit it.
Date: May 11, 2006
Time: 20:45:29
Name: Steve Falletti BOSTON
Comments: Thankyou for sharing this site and for those past and present, that constructed and maintain the properties of the Memorial Park. America is proud of you! LT Steve Falletti, Yarmouth Fire, Cape Cod Mass... 1976-1980: HM3, Mayport Naval Station, Fla
Date: May 10, 2006
Time: 16:44:45
Name: anthony j. leone jr
Comments: n/t
Date: May 10, 2006
Time: 04:11:20
Name: Ron Wightman
Comments: My father is Earl Wightman who was on USS Batfish 310 on the last patrol. My dad will be 95 on Sept 11.He will not make the reunion this year but would like to hear from Jimmy Butterworth his good friend. His phone # is 636 329 0774 Add is Earl Wightman Rm 15. 600 Breeze Park Dr. Saint Charles Mo 63304 Thanks
Date: May 8, 2006
Time: 18:47:14
Name: Brian Harris
Comments: I like the pictures of the crews. The one of the crew in Guantanamo Bay was good. You get a feeling of a bond and brotherhood between the guys. Good variety of specific information and history.
Date: May 8, 2006
Time: 14:34:59
Name: Bill Barringer
Comments: Planning to inspect the Batfish in July 2006
Date: May 8, 2006
Time: 00:56:48
Name: Mark Evdemon
Comments: Enjoyed your site......arrived here after looking at the USS Archerfish. I am a "Cold War" Tin Can sailor from the USS Beale(DDE-471) and USS Brough (DE-148). I marvel at how well the US subs did in WWII. Well done to all submarine sailors. You were a brave lot and have much to be proud. Best wishes to all....Mark. In case you want to look at my humble site,here it is:
Date: May 3, 2006
Time: 04:43:23
Name: Donnie Gaskill
Comments: It gives me great pleasure to know that there are still people working and keeping the Batfish going. I was stationed at NavResCen, Broken Arrow, 1975-1992. I have had the pleasure of working on the Batfish during that time. I retired as HT1. I wish everyone could visit the Batfish and learn how our sailors lived during a very hard WWII. Fair Winds and following Seas to all who served the great United States Navy.
Date: April 28, 2006
Time: 21:07:43
Comments: enjoyed contact via amateur radio with Sam thank you
Date: April 27, 2006
Time: 21:16:42
Name: emilee oswald
Comments: I went there for a field trip and it was the greatest submarine ever that I have seen. I think I would like to come back with my family so they can learn all about it.
Date: April 27, 2006
Time: 09:09:38
Name: Larry Ricks
Comments: I really enjoyed my visit to the sub in March 2006
Date: April 26, 2006
Time: 05:13:39
Name: Dallas C. Henessee
Comments: Sir: Just finished the book"In The Course of Duty" by Don Keith. Quite a story. I have traveled the world in search of history. I am now helping to restore B-29 DOC here in Wichita. I am retired Boeing worker. We have friends in Asher, OK. Next time we visit them it is a priority to visit Batfish. Sincerely: Dallas C. Henessee
Date: April 25, 2006
Time: 15:15:52
Name: Patricia Wilfong
Comments: I think you have a marvelous site here to commemorate the lives and service of those who were crew members of the submarines. I learned about this web site through a woman whose step-father served aboard the USS Batfish. Patricia Wilfong
Date: April 25, 2006
Time: 01:26:01
Name: matt longfellow Comments: Hi, my name is matt. My grandfather was lt. jg Erman longfellow and served on the bat fish during her sea trials, I believe. The question I have for any and all is, can anyone remember taking r&r at the goonyville lodge on midway during the war? If so does anyone remember a brass set of dolphins in the bar that were rubbed for luck prior to returning to war patrols. I'd appreciate any info thanks
Date: April 23, 2006
Time: 17:14:24
Name: Paul Silverberg
Comments: Excellent web site. Thank you.
Date: April 14, 2006
Time: 16:40:57
Name: Levi Taylor
Comments: I have been on the "Batfish" several times with amateur radio operators Les King, Royce Rainwater, and several others and greatly appreciate the opportunity. Last visit overwhelmed me with the work you guys have put into restoring her, I just wish I could be a part of it. I haven't been able to be there in 2 ir 3 years and am excitedly looking forward to a visit this spring. Korean war veteran (Army/Artillery)and Batfish fan, Levi Taylor, Selah
Date: April 14, 2006
Time: 05:05:01
Name: MIKE sMith
Comments: n/t
Date: April 13, 2006
Time: 03:20:50
Name: Brent Clark
Comments: I saw the Batfish first when I was a child. My wife and I saw it again a few years ago. Next, we'd like to take our neice & nephews to see it!
Date: April 10, 2006
Time: 17:31:56
Name: Benjia Winters
Comments: I went to visit the Batfish, when I was a little girl. It was on a class trip. Now, that I'm older,(much older,lol). I'm planning a wk. end trip to visit it again. I remember walking through it. And can't wait to return.
Date: April 7, 2006
Time: 20:15:38
Name: frank geier
Comments: n/t
Date: April 3, 2006
Time: 16:01:07
Name: Kenneth Getsinger Sr.
Comments: Hello, I discovered your site mentioned in a book called "In the course of duty".The book was written by Don Keith and is the factual story of the USS BATFISH. regards, Ken Getsinger Sr.
Date: April 2, 2006
Name: Fred Kix
Comments: I had the opportunity to talk to Sam via Amateur Radio yesterday 4-1-06. He was talking to me from the Radio Room aboard the Batfish. This was an exciting contact for 2 reasons. I am an ex-submarine sailor. I served from 1978-84 as a Missile Technician. I was stationed aboard the USS Lafayette SSBN-616. And, while I was talking to Sam on the Batfish, I was aboard the Queen Mary, in the W6RO Amateur Radio Room. The Queen Mary has been docked in Long Beach California for many years and now serves as a Museum and Hotel. It was great to talk to someone aboard the Batfish, another one of the many reasons I enjoy Amateur Radio so much. You can read more about our Amateur Radio club and our club station aboard the Queen Mary at and 73 and fair winds and following seas, Fred Kix KC6TWV, Ex MT2 (SS)
Date: April 1, 2006
Time: 18:04:20
Name: Jeffrey Nast
Comments: I am a ham radio operator and just heard "WW2SUB" operating out of the sub on 14.256MHz! Very fine business! Thank you for allowing the hams to do this! -Jeff
Date: April 1, 2006
Time: 03:40:04
Name: Dolores Scoggins
Comments: Long story how I arrived at the website. Cousin Roger, whom I adore, wss a Bubblehead in the 70's. Thru our conversations I developed an interest in subs. I started reading books, etc. and looking at websites, especially searching for USSVI Bases that might not be so far away. That's how I found your website. As you may guess, the thing I'd like to see is more information on the 'sleep over on the boat program'. One should not have to e-mail back and forth to obtain the basic information. If I can provide more info, please let me know.
Date: March 31, 2006
Time: 14:04:19
Name: Ralph Wood
Comments: Great site! I am reading "Batfish" by Hughston Lowder and did a search through Google. You guys have more kahunas then most I know. Thanks for being there.
Date: March 29, 2006
Time: 00:16:08
Name: Paul Skyberg
Comments: I will be traveling through the area in April and hope to stop and see the Batfish. I am in total awe of the brave soles who served on the WWII subs.
Date: March 28, 2006
Time: 15:20:50
Name: Rickey Nunn
Comments: Great site! Am WW2 buff & really enjoy your site. Keep up the good work. GOD Bless. Rickey Nunn, Edgewood Texas U.S.A.
Date: March 27, 2006
Time: 02:58:11
Name: Richard Dixon
Comments: I have been to the USS Batfish Memorial ony once about 12 years ago, but I plan to return ad visit again this summer. On my first visit I walked the area reading the names of the submarines lost and the men lost on them. I think that is a fitting tribute to those men who gave their lives in defense our country and the free world. As a Vietnam vet I think all our past or present service people should be remembered. Thank You, Richard Dixon
Date: March 25, 2006
Time: 22:03:10
Name: john page
Comments: Here because of the amateur radio station WW2SUB
Date: March 25, 2006
Time: 20:45:15
Name: Jack Eaton
Comments: I am currently reading Don Keith's "In The Course Of Duty". It is a good read.
Date: March 24, 2006
Time: 21:11:04
Name: Leonard J. Riley
Comments: 03/24/06 Worked Amateur radio Operator "Sam" aboard the USS BATFISH on freq. 14.043.00 CW at 16:18 UTC. I am a WWII buff and was very pleased to work the USS BATFISH! What a thrill! Thank you for taking me back in time and God bless all the men that served on her! I'm wondering though how the USS BATFISH ended up in Muskogee, OK?? Lenny W2JLW
Date: March 24, 2006
Time: 19:42:50
Comments: SERVED ON BOARD USS BATFISH SSN-681 1979-1983 TM1/SS
Date: March 20, 2006
Time: 22:31:23
Name:Doug King
Comments: I was unable to see your sub on my trip March 19th. Glad I found this site. I'll make it a point to get there next time I'm in that area. Nice webpage too.!
Date: March 19, 2006
Time: 23:58:02
Name: Randall Cook
Comments: Back in 1988 I read " Batfish" by Lowder/Scott. Great web sight I really enjoyed seeing the personel war time Photos. I hold great respect and graditude to all US combat vets , but I stand in awe of WW2 sub vets. God Bless them !
Date: March 19, 2006
Time: 03:13:39
Name: kim bowlin
Comments: n/t
Date: March 16, 2006
Time: 17:29:34
Name: Donald Fitzgerald
Comments: I visited your Museum several years ago and don't know when we will be back but we will. We have relation in N.E. Okalhoma and think about a re-visit every time we come down from S.E. Iowa.
Date: March 9, 2006
Time: 01:21:21
Name: Stephen Goff
Comments: I have visted a lot of times . I would like to see more WW2 Equiptment. Was the Batfish part of the Pacific fleet or just Atlantic Fleet?
Date: March 8, 2006
Time: 02:45:32
Name: Dolores Scoggins
Comments: my favorite Submarine is the USS Plunger SSN595 because it is the one on which my loved one served twice. I hope to visit the USS Batfish soon so that I might experience a little bit of his experience.
Date: March 8, 2006
Time: 00:55:29
Name: 2LT Tom Downs #85 OHP
Comments: Only thing I can't figure is how they got those big ole balls thru those little hatches!
Date: March 7, 2006
Time: 22:52:07
Name: Marcia Feild
Comments: I arrived at this sight through the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce.
Date: March 7, 2006
Time: 13:22:59
Name:Jeffrey Gerbert
Comments: Just started reading In The Course Of Duty and wanted to see your site.
Date: March7, 2006
Time: 06:51:08
Name: Dan Denny
Comments: I have visited the USS Batfish. I retired from the Army Reserve as a major after several overseas deployments and in the Gulf War. I wanted to serve in the Navy on subs, but my color vision deficiency prevented me. Thank you for all you have done to make this memorial possible and for the brave men who served aboard her during WWII. I salute you all.
Date: February 26, 2006
Time: 03:46:22
Name: Michael Bolster
Comments: Loved checking out the site as am interested in military history of all kinds. Just got through reading about the USS Archerfish and heard about the Batfish in it so did a search on the Net and this page came up.
Date: February 25, 2006
Time: 18:18:53
Name: bruce redman
Comments: Just finished the book and plan to visit there in late March. My father was in Navy in WWII and have great respect for all veterans. God bless them all.
Date: February 21, 2006
Time: 19:53:32
Name: anthony bewick
Comments: Dear Sir As an ex british soldier i was lucky enough to get posted to oklahoma at fort bragg in 1984 i was in full time service with (REME) Royal eletric mechanical engineers. completing 32years and loved every minute of it. Whilst been driven from the airport to fort bragg i noticed a conning tower in between buildings i was so impressed to what i saw, it was a must that i would certainly be going for a visit i took a great deal of photos of uss batfish ss 310 and i still have a number of memorial items of her Very unfortunately whilst taking more photos of our training with the US infantry the camera was knock out out of my hands and was crushed so i lost all the photos of Batfish. really and truly speaking sir, i should have gone into our Royal navy my dad was a bit uspet that i did not My uncle william was a submariner on the english Sub sytris he is still on patrol his Sub never came home March 16th 1942-3 they had been at action stations with the germany pocket battleship tirpitz, we not informed of this until the 1982 it hit a mine. hence my love for the subs and crews.... Your Sincerely Tony Bewick Devon England
Date: February 13, 2006
Time: 16:39:38
Name: Bob Johnson
Comments: I'm a retired submariner, and served on diesel boats, nuke fast attacks and boomers RMCM(SS), loved reading all the war patrol reports. My uncle Mike served on USS Scabbardfish (SS-397)during WWII. He had some really interesting tales to tell. What a great site! Thanks for all the hard work it took to put this together! Warm Regards, Bob Johnson RMCM(SS)/DV USN-RET
Date: February 11, 2006
Time: 23:00:51
Name: Larry Ricks
Comments: n/t
Date: February 8, 2006
Time: 21:26:01
Name: Ivan R. Vail
Comments: Am reading the book, "In the Course of Duty". Have been a 'submarine nut' since I was about 10 years old. Wanted to be a submariner when I joined the navy in '51, but it never happened, I wound up in the 'gator navy', instead. I have visited several subs in the USA, the most recent, the USS Torsk, 5 months ago. (While aboard the Torsk, I was sitting quietly reading a patrol report, when a group of asians came through. At least 2 of the women were claustraphopic, & wanted out of that sub as fast as they could find a way out!!!!) I hope to be able to tour the Batfish this fall, if it's open for tours at that time.
Date: February 6, 2006
Time: 18:18:46
Name: Melissa Kuhn
Date: January 31, 2006
Time: 04:35:37
Name: Scotty Sanderson
Comments: Read Don Keith's "In the Course of Duty" and was amazed at the efforts of those who achieved such a distinguished military record and also those who overcame such great obstacles to bring this priceless submarine to Oklahoma. Thanks to those who preserved our freedom and to those who made it possible for us to have a reminder of the sacrifice of those heroes!
Date: January 17, 2006
Time: 21:17:32
Name: Geoffrey Dunn
Comments: Great site! My best friend's father served onboard the Batfish, and would like to know if anyone remembers him, I noticed his name was not on the crew list. His name is Roger Riggle, he was either an enlisted man or possibly an officer. Details are sketchy, but just curious if anyone served with him. Thanks. p.s. I was an RM2 aboard USS Garcia, USS Vreeland 1986 -1990. Geoff
Date: January 17, 2006
Time: 01:28:06
Name: Wes Askew
Date: January 16, 2006
Time: 02:12:49
Name: Steve Patterson
Comments: A very dear friend served on the Batfish. He and I both have the honor of being past mayor's in the city of Troup,Tx. Wiley Davis and his family mean a lot to my faimly and myself. Wiley speaks with pride of his memories of service on the Batfish and looks to the reunions with great anticipation. I would like to take this time to thank all of the men and women who have served our great country to give us the rights and freedoms we have. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL. Steve Patterson
Date: January 15, 2006
Time: 05:33:20
Name: Sean Sartin
Comments: Grand Father Served in the Navy in WWII in the Pacific. Wanted to learn a little about the Batfish before I visit the Sub in Muskogee.
Date: January 13, 2006
Time: 02:30:32
Name: John Faerber
Comments: During the early 1950s, the SS310 was stationed in Key West Florida. I was stationed on the Howard W Gilmore, AS 16. I worked out of the submarine overhaul shop. I spent a lot of hours on the 310 working at various jobs. I went from the Gilmore to the TRUTTA serving on her until late 1955. I was in Muskogee a couple of years ago and again visited the 310 which was almost identical to the 421. It really brought back a lot of memories of sub life. I was an ENFN when I went aboard TRUTTA and a EN1 when I left in late 1955. I'm looking forward to taking my youngest daughter to visit BATFISH soon. John F. Faerber, USN Ret.
Date: January 9, 2006
Time: 20:49:01
Comments: I just finished reading Batfish and thought I'd see if you have a web site. Hooray, you do! After reading the book (which was written in 1980) I was wondering if she is still open to the public in Muskogee. We live in Ohio and go through Oklahoma every spring on our annual trip to and from Arizona. I was on the Jallao from 1957-1959 and am a member of the Cod Base SUBVETS in Cleveland, Ohio. Will make a strong attempt to get to Muskogee on our way back from Phoenix in April of this year. Best wishes and hope to see you then. Will now take a look at your web site.
Date: January 9, 2006
Time: 03:19:54
Name: Anne FYFE Perry
Comments: I am reading IN THE COURSE OF DUTY. As I read about Jake Fyfe I can see him in my mind. I know well, his sense of humor and can hear him saying some of the things that Mr Keith has him saying. My Dad was a great man, in the minds of his crew (I have read letters they sent to him after the war) and to his family. I am so glad the Memorial became a fact and that it is finally getting the recognition and funding to keep it going for the next several years. All kids should know and understand what men did and are doing to keep our great country safe.
Date: January 3, 2006
Time: 17:15:06
Name: Mark Long
Comments: I love the website. I am a crewmember of the nuclear submarine Batfish.
Date: January 2, 2006
Time: 06:03:48
Name: Russell Steen
Comments: none 


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