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  • Poseidon Missile
    The only one of its kind to be on public display a Poseidon C 3 missile with all of its electronics hydraulics and propulsion elements still intact is on display for visitors to examine at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum Park This massive cutaway mock up weighs 12 000 pounds is 34 feet long and is 74 inches in diameter The C 3 strategic missile was capable of being launched from a submerged Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine The first submarine to carry and launch a C 3 missile was USS James Madison SSBN 627 in August of 1970 The missile was donated to the Museum by the U S Navy through Lockheed Missile and Space Company which manufactured the C 3 missiles for the Navy The C 3 Poseidon was designed to be the new and improved more powerful successor to the A 3 Polaris Missile which is also on display at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum Park The C 3 was larger and more than twice the weight of the A 3 Outfitted with multiple independently targetable re entry vehicle MIRV warheads the C 3 was twice as accurate and had twice the explosive power of the A 3 Considering these

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  • Bowfin Artifacts
    for about 24 years The bell was discovered at an estate sale A California couple who collect antiques purchased the bell and contacted another WWII submarine museum in California to ask about the bell USS Pampanito wasn t interested in a bell that said USS Bowfin but they knew who would be We purchased the bell and it arrived safe and sound thanks to Mario Hernandez Fred Algar and Eric Webber three Naval Reservists who toted this 77 pound brass bell back to Pearl Harbor on board an airplane Another exhibit is Bowfin s second battle flag which was stored in crew member Jack Updegraff s parents attic and forgotten about for almost 50 years It was rediscovered and donated to the Museum collection just in time for the crew s reunion on the boat To commemorate the Bowfin crew s bravery during nine successful WWII war patrols a special plaque that lists each of the crew members names was also unveiled during the reunion The plaque stands on shore near the entrance of the submarine Other exhibits include a Bowfin launching cachet and a Purple Heart that was bestowed upon crew member Reid Lee the only Bowfin casualty of

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  • Exhbits Overview
    for the United States during the Cold War Check out this improvement on German World War II V 1 Bomb technology USS Parche SS 384 Conning Tower On display is the conning tower of the famed World War II submarine USS Parche SS 348 Visitors may walk through the cramped space from where submerged attacks were conducted and also look through two periscopes mounted just outside the conning tower Kaiten See a modified Imperial Japanese Navy Long Lance Torpedo that was improved to be a human guided torpedo approximately 54 feet long and over 18 tons with a 3000 pound warhead Learn more about this exciting Japanese weapon and how it came into existence McCann Rescue Chamber The only successful rescue of men from a sunken American submarine played a key role in saving 33 Officers and crew from the sunked USS Squalus in May 1939 Checkout the chamber and then see the artifacts in the museum that show the bravery of these intrepid heroes Indoor Exhibits Battle Flags Hanging from above the WWII section of the museum are reproduction battle flags of U S submarines that fought the war in the Pacific The original battle flags are kept for

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  • Waterfront Memorial
    provided a much appreciated gathering place where people may pay their respects reminisce about the frightening yet exhilarating days of World War II and share rich memories with the younger generation Since its official dedication on 11 May 1992 the Memorial has hosted hundreds of reenlistments retirements commissionings memorial services changes of command receptions and even a wedding The Waterfront Memorial is the end result of four years of hard work by a talented team of historians architects graphic designers landscapers and skilled craftspeople Raising the funds necessary to support such a project has not been easy Although several of the plaques have been generously sponsored by individuals veterans groups and corporations most of the burden has been borne by the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association a non profit charitable organization which receives no federal or state financial assistance Shown here is the plaque honoring USS Bonefish SS 223 Please see our sister website On Eternal Patrol for individual memorial pages on each of the over 4 000 men lost while serving in the U S Submarine Force Secrets of the Sub Hawaii Themed Submarines Hawaii Themed Submarines USS Kamehameha SSBN 642 was launched on 16 January 1965 and commissioned on 10 December 1965 This submarine holds the name for King Kamehameha the Great It is fitting that one of our submarines bear the name of this striking figure in Hawaiian history His people were intrepid seafarers and knowledge of stars winds and currents still arouse wonder and admiration For much of USS Kamehameha s service she was based in Rota Spain conducting deterrence patrols during the Cold War Commissioning gifts to the submarine are on display at the museum USS Honolulu SSN 718 a Los Angeles class submarine was the third ship of the United States to be named

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  • Regulus
    Library Regulus Regulus The Mail Missle Ever heard of receiving your mail via a missile Sounds crazy but on 8 June 1959 a Regulus I missile just like the one you see here was loaded with 3 000 letters and launched from the submarine USS Barbero SS 317 The missile traveled over 100 miles for approximately 22 minutes over the Atlantic Ocean It made a successful landing at Mayport Naval Air Station in Mayport Florida to deliver 3 000 letters that the U S Postmaster General Arthur E Summerfield had written to key political figures such as President Eisenhower Each envelope had a picture of the Regulus I and said First Official Missile Mail Secrets of the Sub Submarine Rescues Submarine Rescues A critical task performed by the US submarine force during World War II was the rescuing of downed pilots and air crews They were so efficient at it that they rescued 520 US airmen from the Pacific Ocean waters One of those rescued went on to become President of the United States Former US President George H W Bush Sr He was rescued by the USS Finback after being shot down while he was on an air strike

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  • USS Parche Conning Tower
    by delivering a crippling stern shot into a freighter and quickly following up with a series of bow and stern torpedoes to sink the leading tanker and damage the second one Exposed by the light of bursting flares and bravely defiant of terrific shellfire passing close overhead he struck again sinking a transport by two forward reloads In the mounting fury of fire from the damaged and sinking tanker he calmly ordered his men below remaining on the bridge to fight it out with an enemy now disorganized and confused Swift to act as a fast transport closed in to ram Comdr Ramage daringly swung the stern of the speeding Parche as she crossed the bow of the onrushing ship clearing by less than 50 feet but placing his submarine in a deadly crossfire from escorts on all sides and with the transport dead ahead Undaunted he sent 3 smashing down the throat bow shots to stop the target then scored a killing hit as a climax to 46 minutes of violent action with the Parche and her valiant fighting company retiring victorious and unscathed For this action Commander Ramage received the Medal of Honor Secrets of the Sub The Very First Sub Ever The First Submarine Ever There were many countries around the world developing submarines in the 17th and 18th century both for wartime use and for commercial purposes In the United States we say the Turtle developed by a Yale University professor David Bushnell was our first submarine Designed to deliver an underwater mine with a timed fuse it s original purpose was to break the blockade of the British Navy in New York harbor in 1776 during the War of Independence Almost a hundred later the Confederate States Ship Hunley with a crew of nine men

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  • Kaiten
    highly successful surfaced launched Type 93 Long Lance torpedo Nearly 400 Type 1 s were built and were the only type used operationally The Type 4 oxygen kerosene engine produced 1 500 horsepower on one shaft Top speed was 40 knots Range for Type 4 is listed as 38 52 miles at 20 knots 23 61 miles at 30 knots and 16 78 miles at 40 knots The warhead contained 3 960 pounds of TNT Approximately 45 50 Type 4 s were built in 1945 but were never used operationally An escape hatch was not provided for Kaiten built late in the war and in any case no pilot is known to have attempted to escape from his speeding torpedo as it approached its target Many Type 4 weapons were found at the Kure Naval Base after the War Kaiten were carried piggyback aboard mother submarines and possibly aboard a few surface ships adapted for that purpose At least three could be carried at a time on one mother sub some I boats carried as many as six Kaiten Maximum depth was 264 feet which placed that limit on the mother boat The most successful attack was the sinking of the fleet tanker Mississinewa in Ulithi anchorage on 20 November 1944 the destroyer escort Underhill was also sunk on 24 July 1945 A few other ships were damaged In the Japanese human torpedo program eight mother submarines and almost 900 lives were lost Secrets of the Sub Vargas Girls Vargas Girls Artist Alberto Vargas became famous for his WWII watercolors depicting beautiful pin up girls Varga girls were so popular that many different artists immitated Vargas technique and approach to the female figure an idealized female form eliciting sensuality and seduction During the 1940 s his work was a hit

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