The Champion Submarine-Killing Submarine of World War Two


Guestbook, 2013

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Date: August 6, 2013
Time: 11:58 AM
Name: Bob Baremore
Comments: Enjoyed the web site. Brings back a lot of memories. I served for 21 years and re-tired as a Chief Petty Officer (RMC/SS) in 1974. My first boat was the USS Burrfish SSR-312. I also served on the USS Carp SS-338, USS Sablefish SS-303, USS Grampus SS-523, USS Hardhead SS-365 and USS Nautilus SSN-571. Loved it all land would do it again.
Date: August 6, 2013
Time: 7:46 AM
Name: Rick Johnston
Date: August 5, 2013
Time: 7:56 PM
Name: Doug Vincent Jr
Comments: Visited the War Memorial Park on 3 August, with no prior knowledge that the interpretive crew would be there. I was very impressed by the knowledge they shared and by the work that is being done to restore systems and improve the visitors' experience. Good job to all!
Date: August 3, 2013
Time: 6:50 PM
Name: Mike Heger
Comments: I look forward to visiting the memorial on one of my frequent visits to the Dallas TX area.
Date: July 31, 2013
Time: 5:06 AM
Name: Gary Switzer
Date: July 17, 2013
Time: 6:36 PM
Name: Chip Daniel
Comments: While on business in Muskogee today, I had the pleasure of visiting the USS Batfish and the memorial grounds. I had a wonderful time seeing your exhibits and touring through the submarine. This is a piece of U.S. history that I hope will be visited by many americans in the future. Seeing one of the masthead pieces from the USS Oklahoma was also a sobering moment, reflecting on the sacrifices made at Pearl Harbor that day. Thank you for a great experience.
Date: July 16, 2013
Time: 11:26 AM
Name: Mike Roberts
Comments: I enjoyed the web sight. Very well done. Can't wait to go and see the USS Batfish in person.
Date: July 12, 2013
Time: 12:03 AM
Name: Christopher Cleppe
Comments: My Uncle was John B. Cleppe. He was a good man.
Date: July 6, 2013
Time: 8:56 PM
Name: Richard Bell
Comments: I live just 3 hours away in Kansas and had no idea this was there. A great experience.
Date: July 5, 2013
Time: 12:25 PM
Name: Connie French
Comments: I was so glad to see this ship, my Dad was on the sister ship, Lone Wolf, during the war.
Date: June 26, 2013
Time: 9:54 AM
Name: Richard D. Keys
Comments: I'm really glad that there are associations like this, my Grandfather was 30 years Navy, he was the a Cheif on USS Enterprise if i remember correctly, Served in WWII and Korea, Him and my father were stationed of the coast from each other in Korean conflict in the 50's. My pop was 20 years AirForce. So very patriotic person i am !! Have a good day. And thank you again.
Date: June 25, 2013
Time: 11:44 PM
Name: Captain Dwayne Kelly Comments:
Date: June 10, 2013
Time: 8:09 PM
Name: Kenneth James
Comments: Looking forward to visiting when possible.
Date: June 4, 2013
Time: 9:33 AM
Name: Robert Barber EMCS(SS)
Comments: I served on Batfish from Jul'73 to Aug '76. Does anyone have a ship's plaque I can buy? Mine was lost in a move.
Date: May 31, 2013
Time: 11:37 PM
Name: Bob Moss - W7WOW
Comments: Thanks for the ham Radio contact @ 0401Z on 1 June, 2013 on 14.303 Mhz. You are my first Sub contact and she's a beauty. "73" Bob Moss - W7WOW - Dyer, NV.
Date: May 28, 2013
Time: 10:59 PM
Name: William Smith
Comments: Been to the Batfish several times now each time is just as awe inspiring as the first. I look forward to my next visit.
Date: May 27, 2013
Time: 3:12 PM
Name: James E. Crockett
Comments: This is really great!! My dad never said much about his service. He's long passed away from cancer. I always thought he was only on 1 or 2 tours with nothing happening. He told only one story of surfacing in the middle of what they thought was a Japanese fishing fleet and that they thought there was a spy boat there. after some rounds were fired they found out they found out it was Chinese! They patched up some folks and my dad was given a couple of dishes which I still have. That's the only story he spoke of. My dad, Bill Crockett was a forward torpedo man.
Date: May 26, 2013
Time: 6:13 PM
Name: AWFC (NAC/AW) Darryl W. Calzo
Comments: Thank you for making the page available. I lived in Wagoner before joining and had no idea the sub was there. I will make a special visit to see my fellow sailor's history. Thank you immensely! Darryl W. Calzo AWFC (NAC/AW)
Date: May 21, 2013
Time: 10:30 AM
Name: Chris Balch
Comments: I'm proud that you are working to keep the memories of all submariners who served in WWII alive and present.
Date: May 18, 2013
Time: 6:29 PM
Name: Greg Bergman
Comments: My grandfather was Eugene O'Donnell, radio operator on WW2 patrol 7. He has passed away, but he proudly talked of his time on board.
Date: May 14, 2013
Time: 9:04 PM
Name: Bob Vogel
Comments: Thanks for putting this all together. It is a wonderful tribute to some genuine heroes. Bob Vogel, USS Becuna SS-319, USS Tusk SS-426, USS George Washington SSBN-598
Date: May 14, 2013
Time: 7:53 PM
Name: rollo d. fischer
Comments: ihave served on board the (seadeivel-ss-400) the wwii submariners were the true sub sailors and i,m very proud to have been a sub sailor.
Date: May 14, 2013
Time: 12:59 PM
Name: George M. Arnold
Comments: Excellent site. We need more like it to keep the memories alive. Green Board!
Date: May 13, 2013
Time: 12:40 PM
Name: Maj. Casey Eubanks
Comments: Great to preserve such an important part of WWII Naval history.
Date: May 12, 2013
Time: 10:02 AM
Name: Harry E. Hall
Comments: Excellent. Qualified USS Queenfish SS 393 1946-47 out of Pearl.
Date: May 4, 2013
Time: 6:13 PM
Name: Mike Edwards
Date: May 2, 2013
Time: 10:18 PM
Name: Steve Schott, ABH2
Comments: What a fantastic story of this gallant sub and her crew. Just finished reading the book, "In the Course of Duty". Although I was an airdale during my time in the navy, I have the utmost respect for the silent service.
Date: April 20, 2013
Time: 8:15 AM
Name: Kevin Askam
Comments: Great website! I am looking forward to more visits to the site and reading all the War Patrol logs. I served aboard USS Batfish SSN-681 from 1975-1977 and proud of it. I will be attending the upcoming reunion of SS-310 and SSN-681 and looking forward to meeting members of the SS-310 crew - should be a great experience. I recently affiliated with USSVI (USS Chicago Base) and am looking forward to helping with the preservation of a unique and important part of the US Navy history. Thanks, Kevin Askam MMCS(SS) USN Retired
Date: April 17, 2013
Time: 8:53 AM
Name: EMCM(SS) L R Day
Comments: Holland Club Member of USSVI - Good to see some of our history maintained. Diesel Boats Forever
Date: April 6, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM
Name: Warren E. Griffith II
Comments: Just finished "Leader of the Pack" and it led me to this web site. What a wonderful thing you guys are doing keeping the memory of this great boat alive. Would love to get by there someday to see it.
Date: March 31, 2013
Time: 4:08 PM
Name: Harold Pedigo
Comments: I am a member of the Batfish Post #241 of the American Legion. You have done a great job on the website.Glad to see the improvements around the area since I was here the last time.
Date: March 27, 2013
Time: 3:11 PM
Name: MaryEtta Bishop Nolan
Comments: From the families of the USS Scorpion (SSN-589) we thank the USS Batfish SS-310 USSVI Base and Steve Gardella for supporting the 45th Memorial Service. MaryEtta Nolan, Daughter of COB Wally Bishop TMC(SS)
Date: March 20, 2013
Time: 8:02 PM
Name: Shannon White Comments:
Date: March 19, 2013
Time: 10:38 PM
Name: John Webb
Comments: My Dad, Kenn Webb RM1(SS)served on Batfish when she was the Reserve training boat in New Orleans in the early 60's. Batfish replaced the Whale and I still remember spending a Christmas onboard when my Dad had the "duty". I joined the Navy in 1967 and served on the Blackfin and Cusk. Great times I'll always remember. John Webb RM2(SS)
Date: March 17, 2013
Time: 9:15 AM
Name: Greg & Kari G
Comments: This was great, to be able to walk through at your own pace, the innards of a Submarine. We enjoyed something similar on the Carrier Lexington on the Gulf Coast, but certainly didn't expect to see a large submarine like this in OK of all places, just off the Arkansas River. You could improve the tour with notes & FYI's inside the sub, though on busy days I suppose the tight passages could get clogged. The RIP's for the lost WWII subs around the grounds were full of interest as well.
Date: March 17, 2013
Time: 8:55 AM
Name: brian boyle
Comments: great can learn a great history of brave young men and the subs they sailed in and also perished in fighting for the the country they loved. Its a shame these stories are no told in todays schools.Thank you all
Date: March 12, 2013
Time: 9:35 PM
Name: Donald Burns
Date: March 4, 2013
Time: 2:36 PM
Name: Bill Looney Comments:
Date: March 2, 2013
Time: 9:45 PM
Name: G R Bailey, CDR USN RET
Comments: My friend and I went aboard the Batfish today and we really enjoyed the visit. Those on board the museum were friendly and helpful. My friend is an ex POW who flew P 47's against the Germans. I am a retired F-8 Crusader, fighter pilot with several deployments to Viet Nam. We both just finished reading "Thunder Below" and "Blindman's Bluff". Guess we have read all the aviation books...grb
Date: March 2, 2013
Time: 7:10 PM
Name: Bradley G. Campbell
Comments: Family friend Earle Wightman was a member of the crew. Hope to visit the ship at Muskogee...We live about an hour away.
Date: February 15, 2013
Time: 11:13 AM
Name: Sam Cole
Comments: I worked with John McLemore for several years. He is a retired Chief from WW 2 Submarines. He was President of WW 2 subvets and taught me lots of sub history. I hope he is still having good health and enjoying his subs. Sam Cole
Date: February 14, 2013
Time: 4:30 AM
Name: William L. DeSilvey
Comments: I'm a former Sub Sailor and I really appreciated visiting your site! Thank-you, for remembering!
Date: February 12, 2013
Time: 12:09 PM
Name: Hugh Simpson
Comments: Great website. I had a tour of the Batfish in the late 60's when I was in the cub scouts in New Orleans while she was docked at the naval base on the west bank of the Mississippi River.
Date: January 28, 2013
Time: 4:40 PM
Name: Leslie Howe (Midnight Paranormal)
Address: 431duckie Comments: I can not wait to come and Investigate Feb. 9th,2013!!! Thank so much for the opportunity from Midnight Paranormal. Thank you, Leslie Howe (Case Manager)
Date: January 27, 2013
Time: 2:09 PM
Name: Malcolm E. Montgomery II
Address: Comments: I just got back from Muskkogee War Memorial and for the first time was inside a sub. It was great. and the stories were awesome too. I look forward to going back sometime soon.
Date: January 25, 2013
Time: 1:49 AM
Name: James Riddle
Comments: It is good to see that you are making progress on restoring the boat. It has been a number of years since I got to visit Batfish in person. When I lived at Roland, Oklahoma, I made a few trips up there and shot photos and slides. At that time, there were no bunks in the crew's quarters and the depth gauges were not even installed. Incidentally, if Patriot's Point cannot raise the funds to repair the Clamagore, you might be able to get parts from them before it is towed out to sea and sunk as a reef. James Riddle, Clarksville, Arkansas.
Date: January 14, 2013
Time: 1:23 PM
Name: Michael R. Estell
Comments: Great site...I found it while doing research on the USS Scabbardfish SS397, which my father, Richard Edward Estell served on (5 war patrols) during WWII. Dad passed awy in 2010 and I enherited his Scabbardfish memorabilia and photos. I am currently sorting everything out in preparation of making a scrape/photo album in memoriam for Dad, his shipmates, and the Scabbardfish. I am in contact with one living member of the crew, Jack LaVerne Naill, and would love to contact others or their family members. All the best...Mike Estell
Date: January 11, 2013
Time: 9:57 PM
Name: Elvin J. Shaw
Comments: After visiting BATFISH in New Orleans,in 1966 I knew that submarine duty was for me. I enlisted on March 20th.1967 and served on the Sailfish ss572. Today i am a member of the Redfish base of the United States Submarine Veterans Inc.located in Slidell La.
Date: January 1, 2013
Time: 9:24 AM
Name: Tim Andert USS Batfish SSN 681


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