Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sun N Fun 2008

Over the July Fourth weekend I got to spend some time with my model submarine running buddies of SubRon5 at our annual get together. This year it was held at Batfish Park in Muskogee, Oklahoma, home of the museum boat USS Batfish (S-310).

Our arrangement with the park was mutual. We would demonstrate our models in a pond constructed next to the submarine in order to help draw interest to the park. At the end of the day, we were allowed to spend the night aboard the boat with free reign --a submarine buff's dream.

It made for a long night. Member Tom Kisler crafted a fast cruise program with submarine trivia, Jeopardy style, and a submarine qualification scavenger hunt. It was fascinating and fun. None of us wanted it to end.

The following morning we climbed all over the exterior of the boat before the crowds arrived. We got tons of images and went everywhere our curiosity led us. From the periscope shears to the ammunition magazine, with stops in the conning tower (usually off limits) along the way.

Hats off to Don Baker for setting the event up, and park manager Rick for welcoming us in. By all accounts attendance increased greatly over the weekend and we had a blast.



About Me

The first 'grown up' book Paul Crozier ever read was "War Fish" by George Grider. Since then he has spent most of his life researching the U.S. Submarine Force in WWII and USS Wahoo (SS-238) in particular.


This blog is dedicated to all who have served in the U.S. Submarine Force. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Admiral Chester Nimitz

"We shall never forget it was our submarines that held the line against the enemy while our fleets replaced losses and repaired wounds."

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