War Memorial Park & U.S.S.Batfish

PO Box 253, 74402
3500 Batfish Rd
Muskogee, OK 74403
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Step back in time and reflect for a moment as you venture into the forward torpedo room, imagining the echoing voices of history aboard this submarine. The U.S.S. Batfish engines throb as it cuts through the eerily silent darkness. Take hold of one of the wheels and ponder the responsibilities of a World War II submarine captain with a crew of 80 lives. As the warning siren begins to shriek you prepare to dive! With just a little imagination, a visit to the U.S.S. Batfish at Muskogee’s War Memorial Park will place you under the sea in a faraway time.

War Memorial Museum: The submarine took its name from a ferocious fish of the West Indies, and took it very seriously. The U.S.S. Batfish was launched in 1943 and entered World War II with unparalleled vengeance. No other submarine was able to do what the Batfish did - sink three submarines, plus 11 other vessels for a total of over 37,000 tons of enemy shipping.

Memorials: Fifty-two submarines were lost during WWII, but they still live on in a thought-provoking memorial at War Memorial Park. A series of bronze stands, label each ship and its crew, 3505 brave sailors in all. The surrounding peaceful grounds of Muskogee’s War Memorial Park provide visitors with a place to reflect on times past.

Summer Hours – March 15th-October 15th
            Wed-Sat – 10am-6pm
            Sun – 1-6pm
            Closed Monday, Tuesday and Easter
Winter Hours – October 16th-March 14th
             Thur-Sat – 10am-5pm
            Sun – 1pm-5pm
            Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
                        Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day