The Champion Submarine-Killing Submarine of World War Two


Guestbook, 2011

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Date: December 15, 2011
Time: 7:58 PM
Name: OleRed
Comments: My family and I went to Muskogee and walked through the Batfish, it was a moving experience to us, walking through the sub, thinking about what was going on in there while it was in action .. awsome tour, we will take our friends next spring.
Date: December 11, 2011
Time: 4:22 PM
Name: LCDR W.E. Asbell USN(ret)
Comments: USN Aviator from Arkansas City Ks. Active duty 1960 - 1980 Fighter Pilot - USS FDR and USS ORISKANY 3 tours to Tonkin Gulf
Date: December 7, 2011
Time: 12:14 PM
Name: Enzo Baker
Comments: Your web site and facebook page has good info. Good job!!
Date: December 5, 2011
Time: 3:01 PM
Name: Jim Brown
Comments: It's great to see history preserved, rather than sinking her, our young should see and experience the inside of a sub, to feel what those brave men felt under the sea, not knowing if they would ever return home. Thanks to all who worked so hard to save our subs.
Date: November 16, 2011
Time: 1:47 PM
Name: Seth Weiner
Comments: Fmr. Assist. Curator, USS Ling
Date: November 13, 2011
Time: 10:49 AM
Name: Harold G. Bolton
Comments: We all will be for, ever indebted to the brave young men of the USS Batfish, who braved the depths in search of the enemy above and below the seas. The Batfish kept the enemy hopping and took out many vital players' that were key in the success of winning the war. I am proud of my fellow sailor's, for their valor above and beyond the call of duty. Sincerely Harold G. Bolton, USS Arlington AGMR
Date: November 9, 2011
Time: 8:19 PM
Name: Chip
Comments: I have never served in the US military, something I often regret. So it is that I've had the the privilege to operate CW from the radio room of the Batfish a couple of times so far, and it gives me chills to do so. Its hard to fathom that on that very sub, men risked a sudden watery death to defend our country. Thanks to everyone that helps preserve her so that people like me can more easily remember the sacrifices made for us.
Date: October 24, 2011
Time: 5:54 PM
Name: Brian Groves
Comments: Great work you do here, remembering the past, so that we may learn for the future. God Bless America and the US Navy.
Date: October 9, 2011
Time: 9:33 PM
Name: Jacob Filer
Date: October 9, 2011
Time: 9:16 AM
Name: Mike Burkhead, K4TC
Comments: Yesterday (10-08-20110 heard the call WW2SUB on 40 meters, and my ears perked up! Got to be a WW2 submarine!!! Yes! My hat is off to our "Silent Service", especially those who defended our country in World War 2. Thank you to all you guys and gals who are working and striving to keep our history and the memories of those who fought for our freedoms alive and well. Thanks again, and God bless! Mike Burkhead, K4TC
Date: October 2, 2011
Time: 2:30 PM
Name: Jerome S. Matuch
Comments: As Chaplain of The American Legion Post 1941, La Grange, Il. I had the honors of saying Post Everlasting prayers for Frederick Arthur Landbeck, veteran of the US Navy who served as Torpedoman aboard the submarine USS Batfish. He is now entured at Abraham Lincoln National cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.
Date: September 29, 2011
Time: 8:38 PM
Name: Gregg M Holder
Date: September 28, 2011
Time: 9:31 PM
Name: Jozef Van Wyck
Date: September 11, 2011
Time: 10:09 PM
Name: Thomas Roan
Date: August 22, 2011
Time: 9:31 PM
Name: Charles H. Young
Comments: The CW operator had a good fist and was easy to read. 73 KE5UFZ (RMSN on USS Lake Champlain CVS-39)
Date: August 17, 2011
Time: 11:17 AM
Name: denise commire
Comments: my father served on the uss batfish, his name thomas a. thomas. what a thrill to see his picture with the crew as a young sailor. He passed away in 1987, but i wonder if any of his ship mates are still alive
Date: August 13, 2011
Time: 1:45 PM
Name: Bill Pouncey
Comments: I qualified as a 20 year old on the Batfish in Key West in 1954 and had not seen her since I left her to go to electronics class A school later that year. I am now 78. I visited her in Muscogee on July 31, 2011 and was amazed to find her looking so good. My thanks to the locals who do such a wonderful job of maintenance.
Date: July 24, 2011
Time: 7:04 PM
Name: Lonnie J. Smith
Comments: Was very intrigued to see while traveling for my work thru Oklahoma, now that I know about it, I will plan to take a vacation so that I can visit the Museam...
Date: July 21, 2011
Time: 3:12 PM
Name: Shannon Jones
Comments: In the mid 90's the Capitol Hill NJROTC unit took a trip to the USS Batfish... It was sooo much fun.. and the history was amazing... Then in 2010 my husband ( who was with me in the unit in high school ) took my little brother in law and his cousin to the site with their Boy Scout Troop.. They had a blast! They learned so many things and the activities that they had for them were amazing. The renovations that they have been doing are wonderful and the staff is soo nice. My husband and I are planning a return trip soon.. We can't wait!! Keep up the great work shipmates! See you soon!!! { The Jones Family }
Date: July 21, 2011
Time: 11:37 AM
Name: Aaron W. Bell Sr.
Comments: I have made two trips the USS-BATFISH Plese take good care of her she is a fighting lady!!!!!!!!!!!! Aaron W. Bell Sr.
Date: July 12, 2011
Time: 2:53 PM
Name: Parrish Quick
Comments: My father served on the USS Sealion APSS315 form 1960-64 in the Atlantic out of Norfolk, from pier 22 attached to Subron6. He loved his time in the Submarine Service. Wish i could have shared a tour of the Batfish with him. Would love to bring my daughter down from Kansas to tour your boat. Do you give interior tours?
Date: July 11, 2011
Time: 2:51 PM
Name: keith widman
Comments: one badass ship USA #1
Date: July 7, 2011
Time: 9:01 PM
Name: Vernon Slunaker
Comments: My Father was on the Batfish. Good site.
Date: July 6, 2011
Time: 10:15 PM
Name: Thomas Roan
Comments: Nice site,I was a seaman quartermaster on the decommissioning crew.If my old memory serves me we left Key West in 1958 and went to CHASN Ship yard for decom.I transferred to Diablo in NewLondon before the decom ceremony. Tom Roan USN Ret.
Date: June 22, 2011
Time: 10:15 AM
Name: alton larson
Comments: Navy 1957-1961-USS SALMON SSR-573-1958-1961
Date: June 13, 2011
Time: 8:46 PM
Name: mike ellis
Comments: Have not been to the museum since 1991. Planning a trip soon. Can't wait to see all the new additions.
Date: June 13, 2011
Time: 9:32 AM
Name: Bruno & Donna Hanke
Comments: Hi from Dover Arkansas, First of all, we want to thank all past and present military, whether on land, air, or sea, for their sacrifice to our country. My wife and I got a tour of the USS Razorback in Little Rock last week, and that reminded me of the USS Batfish that long ago, I went inside when the kids were very young.The Batfish is on our schedule sometimes in the near future. Do you allow tripods to be used inside the boat? Thank you very much. Bruno & Donna Hanke
Date: June 7, 2011
Time: 9:53 PM
Name: David Haralambou
Comments: Was on the air from the Battleship Massachusetts (Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA) this weekend from the radio room (N1EPL for the ship, W1SHK for my call sign).We were actually able to make contact with the Batfish on the 20 meter band. I have an uncle that lives in Muskogee. I remember visiting the USS Batfish when I was little and it was nice to reconnect with a childhood memory. Battleship Cove has the USS Lionfish and it brought back many memories of the USS Batfish. Keep up the good work.
Date: June 5, 2011
Time: 5:42 PM
Name: C. Jane Winters
Comments: My brother Hubert M. Warnick served on the Batfish. The website has gave me great information and pictures that I can pass on to his children. C. J. Winters. Maryland
Date: June 5, 2011
Time: 1:48 PM
Name: Ralph A. DiBernardo Sr.
Comments: I just finished reading BATFISH THE CHAMPION "SUBMARINE-KILLER" SUBMARINE OF WORLD WAR II BY Hughton E. Lowder, 1980. I found it at a yard sale here in Portsmouth NH. As a joiner at the Portsmouth Navy Yard from 1961 to 1971 I worked on a number of old fleet boats that were still in service at the time. My primary work was battery installations. The atomic boats are great but fleet boats of WWII will never be forgotten as long as there ar people like you to keep the history alive. Here in Portsmouthn NH we have the USS Albacore (569)In a memorial park. As a community we went through many of the challanges that Muskogee faced to bring this sub back to Portsmouth where it had spent most of its life. My grand sons think it is the greatest place to visit. Keep up the good work and the great web sight. You never know, maybe I,ll get the chance to visit BATFISH.
Date: June 5, 2011
Time: 7:43 AM
Name: Robert W Speers
Comments: Very interesting. I had the pleasure of going through the Batfish while in Muskogee several years ago. I served in the 508th Parachute Infantry during WWII and made combat jumps in Normandy and Holland; however I take my hat off to the brave crew members of that and similar subs.
Date: June 4, 2011
Time: 10:44 PM
Name: Kenneth D. Moore
Comments: Just made contact with a memorial station on ham radio. Great site
Date: June 2, 2011
Time: 7:20:05 PM
Name: Darlene Burton
Comments: I took my grandson who is 11 and a friend to the Batfish site today. He loved it, he is really interested in WW11 History and he was in heaven. Could not hardly get him out. So proud this is in Oklahoma. Would take him again and again. D.Burton, Wetumka,Ok
Date: May 31, 2011
Time: 4:52:59 PM
Name: Bob DeBaecke
Comments: We were driving through to Stillwater and saw the sub. While we didn't stop we plan to next time we drive through. We do wonder why it is there, though? Can you answer that, please? Thanks so much! Bob DeBaecke
Date: May 29, 2011
Time: 1:04:39 AM
Name: Bob Martin
Comments: MM2(SS) Martin USS Haddock SSN 621, USS Barb SSN 596
Date: May 22, 2011
Time: 8:29:28 PM
Name: Carlos Aragon
Comments: I enjoyed the visit very much; I will be returning again
Date: May 17, 2011
Time: 2:49:50 PM
Name: Jeff Hale
Comments: What a great thing you are doing to honor those who served us during the terrible times of WWII. I know a very talented young man that will be there with you to celebrate Armed Forces Day. He will be part of the band working with Cody James. My Daughter will also be there at that time. I wish you very well in your endeavor associated with the "USS Batfish".
Date: May 15, 2011
Time: 11:37:37 PM
Name: Mark R. Bierly
Comments: Spouse Heidi and I stopped briefly on our way home to Hutchinson, April 13. The museum was closed. We look forward to coming back when the museum is open.
Date: May 11, 2011
Time: 11:50:43 AM
Name: Captain Henry Morgan
Comments: Ahh The Ol Batfish, I suppose the years have been unkind to her, My Boat is SS383 Pampanito, She still floats, any chance Batfish will?
Date: May 5, 2011
Time: 3:50:39 PM
Name: Jim Zeiger
Comments: I served aboard SSN 681 from 1975 to 1979 as a forward MM. I've been to see SS 310 several times but it has been quite a while since the last visit. I'm looking forward to the reunion next week, May 10-15. See you there!
Date: April 29, 2011
Time: 11:20:15 PM
Name: james kelly
Date: April 7, 2011
Time: 12:16:59 PM
Name: Pete Smith
Comments: I'm putting the Batfish' info into the April 2011 Inland Empire Base (USSVI) Newsletter.
March 30, 2011
Time: 9:33:39 PM
Name: billy cochran
Date: March 30, 2011
Time: 10:23:48 AM
Name: Scott Brand
Comments: A good website and plenty of information to learn about the site. It was a pleasure visiting. Thanks!
Date: March 22, 2011
Time: 4:00:54 PM
Name: Ralph R. Krummel,Jr.
Comments: It is great to read all of the comments from those that did not ride the 'boats' and appreciated what was done by the great men that sailed in them..I can say with great pride my dad, Ralph R. Krummel,Sr.TMC (RET),now deceased was among those great Sailors and Patriots. Robert P. Pallet, TMC USN (RET), I can be reached at, RRK,Jr. USMC (RET)
Date: March 21, 2011
Time: 4:20:30 PM
Name: Don Perryman
Date: March 20, 2011
Time: 8:01:56 AM
Name: Peter Marcus
Comments: Batfish was one of the greatest. Have a large model of it in my office. I run my business as if I were a submarine commander - always fascinated by the accomplishments especially i World War II. Would like to visit the Batfish site some day. Thanks and regards, Peter F. Marcus
Date: March 17, 2011
Time: 3:38:13 PM
Comments: Hello to all veterans and all those marvellous USA folks who restored and put the USS Batfish in the superb area of where she is today. I just could not believe it I was with my British army Regt on a 3 week exercise in Okelahoma when I saw the tower of the Batfish and just had to see it. My great uncle served on Subs in W.W 2 and was lost with all hands when his HMS Sirus hit a mine near Norway I spent a long time looking all over USS Batfish and shall never forget her and where she stands truly excellent god bless her and all The Wonderful ex crew and the veterans who worked so hard on her... Many thanks for the great memories. Bewick from England
Date: February 25, 2011
Time: 9:35:21 PM
Name: David Malone
Comments: Visited your boat this day the 25th of Feb----- loved the smell of the boat and the visit--- do you offer overnight stays for leadership groups?????
Date: February 10, 2011
Time: 7:51:11 PM
Name: Bob Jones
Comments: Have visited the Batfish two times and each time was awed by the history the boat generates. Originally from Tulsa but now living in Norfolk, VA. The Navy recently gave Norfolk the USS Wisconsin (BB63?) and she is on display and open for visitors. Thanks to the volunteers which keep our history alive. MSgt Bob Jones, USAF Retired.
Date: February 2, 2011
Time: 4:36:48 PM
Name: Ronald E. LaMar Sr.
Comments: Thank you for your service. I am so glad that I live close to one of the most decorated submarines of WWII. I been to the entrance gate of the USS Batfish but have always visited when closed. Your imput about the USS Batfish now tells me when I can come and tour Her. I am a 100% service-connected Veitnam veteran, U.S. Army but, my true love for military service is and always will be Navy. I salute every crew member and commander who ever sailed her. Ronald E. LaMar Sr., U.S. Army Disabled Vet.
Date: January 31, 2011
Time: 5:49:21 AM
Name: John Shettles
Comments: I was a station keeper on Batfish from July 59 until she was relieved by the Chopper.
Date: January 19, 2011
Time: 12:58:18 AM
Name: Bob Bartley
Comments: I love all submarines! I shall come visit your museum as soon as school is out! Sincerely, Bob Bartley
Date: January 4, 2011
Time: 10:35:00 PM
Name: Fred Parry
Comments: Love your site. Plan on stopping by when I take a road trip this spring. Have been looking forward to this adventure for a long time. Retired now and time is on my side,...I think. Navy Nam vet. Might just see you late April, God willing,.......already have the wife's approval. Thanks, Fred Parry Show Low, Arizona

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