• Green Country veterans fought to bring USS Batfish to Muskogee

    By: Michelle Linn

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    Thanks to visitors and donations, a special tribute to submarine veterans remains in Muskogee. 

    A group of Tulsa-area WWII veterans decided to bring a submarine to the area to honor those who served on such a vessel. 

    The road to getting the tribute was long; they originally received authorization to get the USS Piranha, but decided they liked the USS Batfish better. 

    They had limited time to get the 1943 vessel, which took down a record three enemy subs in 76 hours before retiring in 1945. 

    Port workers went on strike where the sub was docked in Texas back then. When they were able to bring it up the river on barges, it was too top-heavy and required six barges. 

    One of those barges sank after a large ship drew wake in a no wake zone. They nearly lost the Batfish then. 

    Finally making it to  Muskogee, spring flooding almost took it out again. 

    To visit the batfish, tours can be set up for $7. For a whole night on the batfish, groups of 10 or fewer can pay $250. 

    Those visitors and donations keep the tribute up; the Batfish receives no state funding. 

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