Saturday, September 4, 2010


Saturday, September 4 – Happy birthday to our sister-in-law, Chris.

We went to the beach Thursday and Friday. It was just beautiful but really, really hot. The red flag was still up on Thursday but the yellow flew Friday. People were again enjoying the calmer waters. 

We went to the dance at the Elks last night. Sat with some people from Ottawa, Canada. They were visiting with family. The band was…interesting. Paul actually got to practice his two step. When we get to Texas, the girls want to go to a country dance place, so he needs to be ready.

Here is the rest of the story about the Battleship Memorial Park. The Park is located just 45 min. from our campground in Mobile, AL. Battleship Memorial Park is a military history park and museum. It has a collection of notable aircraft and museum ships


The B-52 Bomber, Calamity Jane,  was overwhelming. We couldn't get over the huge size and how intimidating it felt to be near it! What power it possessed.

Plans for the B-52 began as early as 1945, but the first flight of a B-52D was not until June 4, 1956. The operational life of the B-52 spans the period from 1957 to present and included the most critical phase of the war in Vietnam.

This aircraft was among 170 B-52Ds manufactured by Boeing Airplane Company, and was equipped exclusively for long-range bombing missions. "Calamity Jane" was used during Vietnam operations. "



Marsha is short to begin with. She looks like a dwarf here.




Shows where the bombs were placed.


The M48 Patton served as an interim tank until replaced by the US Army's first Main Battle Tank (MBT), the M60 Combat Tank.The M48 served as the U.S. Army and Marine Corps's primary battle tank during the Vietnam War. It was widely used by U.S. Cold War allies, especially by other NATO countries.



This was a cool piece called the “Mary Jane.”


They have memorials for several of the wars. This one was for the Korean War.


Vietnam – The first time memorial bracelets were introduced.


The have a building full of military equipment. There was so much equipment. Here is just one example.

This A12 “Blackbird” was used during the Cold War.



The submarine USS Drum (SS-228) was commissioned November 1, 1941. The ship is 311 feet long with a beam of 27 feet and displaced 1526 tons. Her crew was 7 officers and 65 enlisted men. She earned 12 Battle Stars during World War II and was dedicated here on July 4, 1969.




This was an interesting sign.


This is the first sub we've been aboard. Pretty amazing! We entered near the forward torpedo room



and journeyed the entire length of the boat, exiting from the rear torpedo room. The rear room looked like the front except for one strange addition. There were cots everywhere. A bit scary if you ask us.


The Control room is packed with dials, and knobs, and instruments.





The crew was really jammed in here!


We were a little surprised that we did not have a claustrophobic feel aboard the boat. One thing for have to be a small flexible type of guy to live aboard a sub!

But interesting…we just heard from our friends, Ed and Linda, Traveling Along, and Linda’s, 6’ uncle served on a sub. Wonder if he ever had any back pain?

Look how skinny the hallways are.


Of course they had ice cream on board.


Main Ballast Tank Blow System – 600# air pressure. High pressure air was used to blow the ballast tanks and thus bring the submarine to the surface.


What a special treat we had. We got to meet the captain of the sub. Marsha can’t believe that Paul missed this special opportunity. Oh well, he can look at the picture.


We had a great time and highly recommend this historic park.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day. Hope to see you back real soon.

1 comment:

  1. Great rundown on the park. I agree ~ those submariners are a special breed!


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