MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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November 2, 2013

War Memorial Park and Museum needs help with display

For Rick Dennis there’s nothing like the smell inside a submarine.

Dennis, the manager of the War Memorial Park and Museum, is reaching out to the community for donations to complete a project that traveled more than 1,400 miles.

The transport of 14 pieces of military gear, including a 1945 functional periscope from San Diego, Calif., and four rocket-propelled torpedoes from Hawthorne, Nev., are a welcome addition to the museum.

“This was a big haul,” Dennis said.

The transport trip cost a total of $4,200.

“To get to full completion, we’ll still need help,” Dennis said.

The park needs $2,000 to finish the project.

Around $2,000 was paid for by recycled weapons and contributions from other museums, Dennis said. Four thousand pounds of lead from the torpedoes was removed for recycling purposes.

Two torpedoes have already been placed inside the USS Batfish Submarine located outside the museum. The Mark 37 and the Mark 4 torpedoes weigh around 2,500 pounds each, fully loaded. Now empty, they weigh around 750 pounds each.

The periscope from San Diego is similar to the ones on the USS Batfish. Eventually Dennis plans to mount the periscope inside the museum to give a 360 degree view.

 Dennis said he is “very excited with the designs coming out” for the soon to be updated Walk of Honor display at the museum. Two additional torpedoes will be on display inside the museum, and plans are under way for video monitors to be placed thoughout the Batfish.

Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or ehillin@muskogeephoenix.com.

You can help

To make a donation or volunteer at the park, contact Rick Dennis: (918) 682-6294.

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