Batfish: The Champion "Submarine-Killer" Submarine of World War II

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Arriving in Muskogee, Oklahoma, on a Sunday afternoon, I drove out to the foot of the Arkansas River Bridge. And there, equally sought and unexpected, was U.S.S. Batfish (SS 310)-history's foremost submarine-killer submarine. Few Americans would expect to find a United States fleet submarine over a thousand miles from the nearest sea. Yet folks around Muskogee have become accustomed to this former underseas raider resting docilely in the little park just off the Muskogee-Tulsa Turnpike. After twenty-six years of service to her country, Batfish was struck from the navel register on 1 November 1969 and donated the next year to the state of Oklahoma as a perpetual memorial to the veterans of our armed forces. She finally arrived at the Port of Muskogee on 7 May 1972, and a year later was eased into her permanent berth in an artificial lagoon overlooking the "navigable" McClellan-Kerr Waterway. Nearly restored to her original condition, Batfish-albeit immobile and unarmed-now looks much as she did poised on the Portsmouth ways in 1943.

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Book Club Edition, Written by one who served aboard her during WW II, this is truly a historic memory. Very slight signs of age, no real damage.

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