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  • USS Bowfin Memorial History
    BOWFIN from the U S Navy This acquisition was made possible through an act of Congress passed on 10 August 1956 This act authorized the Secretary of the Navy to transfer by gift or otherwise on terms prescribed to him any obsolete vessel of the Navy to any U S non profit organization who would promise to restore and preserve the vessel at no cost to the U S government and its taxpayers There were also other conditions that had be observed in accordance with receiving BOWFIN One condition mandated that no part of the submarine may be activated for the purpose of nav igation or movement of the submarine under her own power Another condition stipulated that BOWFIN must be maintained in a manner that would not be a discredit to the U S Navy or to the proud heritage of the submarine Later that month the submarine was towed to Pier 39 near downtown Honolulu where a group of volunteers from the civilian and military community alike eagerly assisted in cleaning and restoring BOWFIN after years of neglect The Dillingham Corporation did much of the preliminary restoration work as many Navy League members worked hard to secure the necessary funds to support the project Meanwhile PFSMA continued to search for a suitable permanent mooring site In December 1980 BOWFIN was moved to her present day location at Pearl Harbor next to the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center a fitting location for the submarine that had been launched a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor and nicknamed The Pearl Harbor Avenger BOWFIN became the centerpiece of the new Bowfin Park On 1 April 1981 BOWFIN officially began her new career as a museum ship and welcomed her first visitors on board By 1985 over one million visitors had walked

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  • Exhbits Overview
    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 conservation These flags are individually designed by the crewmen of the different boats the creativity style and design of each varies The one element common to all of them is the pride of the men who served Poseidon Missile How big is a ballistic missile Imagine being on a submarine crew with 16 missiles ready to fire One is on display at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum Park with all of its electronics hydraulics adn propulsion elements accessible Bowfin Artifacts Bowfin Park features the World War II submarine USS Bowfin SS 287 The Pacific Submarine Museum features a variety of Bowfin artifacts including flags and models telling the story of Bowfin s nine successful war patrols 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

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  • Submarine Technology Overview
    in New York Harbor with surprising effects in the American War of Independence Civil War The human powered Confederate submarine Hunley sunk the Union warship Housatonic one and a half miles at sea off Charleston harbor in February 1864 Lost for over a hundred thirty years this submersible was discovered and raised in 2000 from her resting place in the sand where she sank after her attack World Wars One and Two With the battle fleet on the bottom of Pearl Harbor the modern high speed surface raider the Fleet submarine one exampe of which is the USS Bowfin destroyed the bulk of Imperial Japanese shipping Walk through the submarine in the steps of those heroes who scored the amazing victories as a small team while suffering devastating losses Cold War to Present Capable of electronically picking your pocket or destroying an enemy s submarines these sleek neuclear powered sharks of steel are currently our front line of defense Understand the need for stealth and quiet as these submarines accomplish their missions around the sometimes hostile world while surviving deep underwater USS Ohio USS Hawaii Secrets of the Sub Vargas Girls Vargas Girls Artist Alberto Vargas became famous for his

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  • On Eternal Patrol: Overview
    Eternal Patrol Search For Lost Subs Events Research Library On Eternal Patrol Overview On Eternal Patrol Overview On Eternal Patrol Overview Since the acceptance of the first submarine into the U S Navy in 1900 over four thousand men have lost their lives in the Silent Service The great majority of them died in World War II Following are brief glimpses of a few of those gallant men Seaman First Class Chester Payne Commander Dudley Walker Morton Machinist s Mate Second Class William C Hinkey Jr Please see our sister site 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 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 amongst enlisted men who drew inspiration from them which inadvertently created high morale The military was so influenced by this art that they adorned their vessels with it

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  • Search for Lost Subs
    World War II no one was able to find any of the 52 American submarines lost during the War whose exact locations were not already known In most cases the submarines were lost with all hands and the exact locations of their sinkings were lost to history Advances in technology and the dedication of those who seek to explore the depths has changed all that Since 2005 divers have discovered five sunken submarines USS Lagarto SS 371 confirmed discovery in the Gulf of Thailand USS Wahoo SS 238 confirmed discovery in the La Peruse Strait USS Grunion SS 216 confirmed discovery off Kiska USS Perch SS 176 discovery in the Java Sea USS Flier SS 250 confirmed discovery in the Balabac Strait Further discoveries are expected 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 for Honolulu Hawaii She was launched on 24 September 1983 and commissioned on 6 July 1985 Honolulu s patrols are commemorated by ten surfboards signed by the crews aboard her at the time One of the four surfboards held at Bowfin Park is on display in the museum The USS Hawaii SSN

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  • Evening Events
    the USS Arizona Memorial He began his permanent career in 1986 at the USS Arizona Memorial Over the years Mr Martinez has been deeply involved in the field of interpretation and education He was for six years an interpretative skills trainer for the National Park Service Later he was asked to be a planning member for the rewriting of interpretative standards for the National Park Service rangers At the memorial he served as an interpretive specialist and presently holds the position of Park Historian He has served as historian from 1989 to the present Mr Martinez s activities outside and inside the park are varied and numerous He has lectured on a wide variety of historical topics and written and published many articles on Pearl Harbor and the Pacific War He has presented at such prestigious gatherings such as the Organization of American Historians the National Council on Public History and the Oral History Association In the world of entertainment he is the host and historian in residence for the Discovery Channel s Unsolved History 6 00 Refreshments 6 30 Program on Bowfin lanai Past events included these topics April 23 2014 Nazi POS s and allied Military Intelligence Dr Derek Mallett historian with the Joint POW MIA and scholar of World War II prisoner of war issues Will be discussing his book Hitler s Generals in America Nazi POWs and Allied Military Intelligence And other aspects of prisoner of war issues as part of Sunset on the Sub lecture series In Hitler s Generals in America Derek R Mallett examines the evolution of the relationship between American officials and the Wehrmacht general officers they held as prisoners of war in the United States between 1943 and 1946 Mallett demonstrates how a growing admiration for the German officers prowess and

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  • Research Library
    nearly complete set of World War II submarine war patrol reports both in the original hard copy and in digital format Each of the nearly 700 submarines commissioned by the U S Navy has a file in our archives Our non lending library and archives are open by appointment to qualified researchers submariners and their families The library is open by from 8 30 a m to 4 30 p m Monday to Friday Call 808 423 1341 or email This e mail address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it to schedule your research visit 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

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  • Education
    Name APPLYING FOR Academic Scholarship Continuing Education Scholarship BOWFIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2015 2016 APPLICATION Please answer all of the questions on this application Use an additional piece of paper if extra space is required Incomplete applications will not be accepted for consideration Bowfin Memorial Scholarship Applicants Last Name 2 PERSONAL INFORMATION 1 Are you a previous recipient of a Bowfin Scholarship YES NO If yes please list year s and amounts of award 2 During the 2015 2016 academic year what class will you be Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior Other 3 Expected Status Full Time Part Time Total number of Hours Credits 4 Current or anticipated field of study Total number of hours credits completed Total number of hours credits required for graduation Anticipated graduation date intended degree Present Grade Point Average GPA 5 Results of SAT ACT GRE OTHER PLEASE INCLUDE A COPY OF YOUR TEST RESULTS 6 Please Provide Information On High Schools Attended Name Address Dates Attended GPA Degree Date Awarded 7 Please Provide Information on Colleges Universities Attended Name Address Dates Attended GPA Degree Date Awarded 8 Please Provide Information on Your Employment Volunteer Experiences Beginning With Most Recent Name Address Phone Dates Employed Title Duties Supervisor Name BOWFIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2015 2016 APPLICATION Please answer all of the questions on this application Use an additional piece of paper if extra space is required Incomplete applications will not be accepted for consideration Bowfin Memorial Scholarship Applicants Last Name 3 9 Please Provide Information on the Colleges Universities to Which You Have Applied To For the 2015 2016 Academic Year Name Name Address Status of Acceptance 10 Please Provide the Names and Contact Information of Your References Name Name Address Telephone Number FINANCIAL INFORMATION 1 What scholarships financial aid grants have you applied for and what have you already been awarded 2 Please provide a breakdown of the total cost of your program for the 2014 2015 academic year please attach if necessary 3 Please provide your total out of pocket costs after application of all assistance and financial aid 4 Please provide your total family income and the sources for this income 5 Please provide the names of other family members in your household currently attending college private school or a training program 6 Please include the name and address of the institutions they are attending 7 Please provide any other information regarding your circumstances that the committee should consider concerning your application BOWFIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2015 2016 APPLICATION Please answer all of the questions on this application Use an additional piece of paper if extra space is required Incomplete applications will not be accepted for consideration Bowfin Memorial Scholarship Applicants Last Name 4 ESSAY Please include a one page double spaced essay describing your current or anticipated major or field of study Explain why you selected this field of study and describe your future goals and career aspirations Mail completed application no later than March 31 2015 Any questions at this time please call the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum Park office at 808 423 1341 BOWFIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2015 2016 APPLICATION Please answer all of the questions on this application Use an additional piece of paper if extra space is required Incomplete applications will not be accepted for consideration Bowfin Memorial Scholarship Applicants Last Name 5 BOWFIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2015 2016 ACADEMIC RECOMMENDATION Recommendation For Relationship to Applicant Your Address City State Zip Code Telephone H W Other Please provide the committee with information regarding the applicant s personal abilities motivation and contribution to the community This recommendation must be postmarked no later than March 31 2015 for scholarship consideration Your Signature Required Please Mail Completed Form To Coming soon For more information please call the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum Park at 808 423 1341 BOWFIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2015 2016 APPLICATION Please answer all of the questions on this application Use an additional piece of paper if extra space is required Incomplete applications will not be accepted for consideration Bowfin Memorial Scholarship Applicants Last Name Scholarships Bowfin Memorial Scholarship The Pacific Fleet Memorial Association PFSMA in honor of the 3 505 submariners and 52 submarines lost in World War II is generously offering the Bowfin Memorial Scholarship The Scholarship is raised through the admission tickets and giftshop sales of the Bowfin Memorial and is administered by the PFSMA in conjunction with the Pearl Harbor Submarine Officers Spouses Association PHSOSA Eligibility All members of the Hawaii submarine force community active duty or retired their family members and family members of deceased submariners who reside in Hawaii and who are attending an accredited college university or vocational school are eligible If the applicant is a submariner he she should consider himself herself the sponsor in completing all information concerning sponsors Members of SOSA Bowfin Scholarship Committee including the judges their spouses or family members are not eligible to apply Bowfin Memorial Scholarship 2015 2016 Information and Instructions Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31 2015 Only completed applications will be considered for awards Applications must contain complete answers and be typed or printed legibly in black ink SOURCE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP The Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association PFSMA in honor of the 3 505 submariners and 52 submarines lost in World War II has generously offered The Bowfin Memorial Scholarship The Scholarship is raised through the admission tickets and gift shop sales of the Bowfin Memorial and is administered by the PFSMA in conjunction with the Pearl Harbor Submarine Officers Spouses Association PHSOSA ELIGIBILITY OF THE SCHOLARSHIP All members of the Hawaii submarine force community active duty or retired their family members and family members of deceased submariners who reside in Hawaii and who are attending an accredited college university or vocational school are eligible If the applicant is a submariner he she should consider himself herself the sponsor in completing all information concerning sponsors Members of the PHSOSA Bowfin Scholarship Committee including the judges their spouses or family members are not eligible to apply

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