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USS Bowfin Submarine

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USS Bowfin Submarine, Honolulu Hawaii

The USS Bowfin is a baleo class submarine used in World War II, and is often referred to as “the Pearl Harbor Avenger”. The boat was launched on December 7, 1942 and commissioned on May 1, 1943. During her illustrious career, the Bowfin conducted 9 patrols across the Pacific and earned high praise from the Navy community. After the Japanese surrender the Bowfin arrived in New York on September 29, 1945, and served in the Atlantic Fleet until February 12, 1947 when she was placed in reserve.

She served as the training submarine at Seattle, Washington for just over a decade until her name was struck from the register on December 1, 1971. Upon her retirement she was taken back to Pearl Harbor and where she now stands as a memorial. The USS Bowfin was opened in 1981 as a memorial and museum in Pearl Harbor, located in walking distance of both the Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri.

Tourists are allowed to take tours aboard the submarine and learn what it was like aboard the submarine during WWII. The park and museum also features exhibits and displays from the history of the United States Submarine Service, including detailed models, weapon systems, photographs and paintings celebrating the 52 American submarines and the over 3500 submariners lost during WWII.


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