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2014-05-27 07:16:50 AM  
They've even got their own submarines:

www.ussbatfish.com

USS Batfish, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

www.hnsa.org

USS Marlin, Omaha, Nebraska

www.hnsa.org

USS Razorback, Little Rock, Arkansas
 
DAR [TotalFark]
2014-05-27 07:49:49 AM  
Being a Tin Can Sailor or in my case a Bird Farm veteran living in the landlocked Midwest isn't as lonely as you would think..........k/dar
 
2014-05-27 08:03:13 AM  

dittybopper: They've even got their own submarines:

[www.ussbatfish.com image 688x305]

USS Batfish, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

[www.hnsa.org image 600x282]

USS Marlin, Omaha, Nebraska

[www.hnsa.org image 589x204]

USS Razorback, Little Rock, Arkansas


vashivisuals.com

Cotopaxi, Gobi Desert, Mongolia
 
2014-05-27 08:39:11 AM  
I would have rather seen Montana.
 
2014-05-27 08:52:26 AM  
they meet up, keep in touch, for some secret buttlove.

Submariners are a weird bunch.
 
2014-05-27 08:56:57 AM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

There are hazards though.
 
2014-05-27 08:57:34 AM  
I think I saw a movie like this, but with cannons and gold and desert warriors; Sahara!
 
2014-05-27 09:01:49 AM  
After years stuck in a small tin can, the Midwest is the exact opposite.
 
2014-05-27 09:02:27 AM  
No matter where you go, you can always find some seamen to keep you company.
 
2014-05-27 09:12:37 AM  

dittybopper: They've even got their own submarines:

USS Batfish, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

USS Marlin, Omaha, Nebraska

USS Razorback, Little Rock, Arkansas


USS Jefferson City
 
2014-05-27 09:16:09 AM  
He's one of more than 100 submarine veterans living in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, far from the sea, where oceans are almost imaginary.

Someone's trying a bit too hard.
 
2014-05-27 09:22:56 AM  
A place that I worked for used to recruit the nuke veterans to run the cyclotrons. Could spot them easily with those Navy half boots and their "Well, we're all gonna die anyways" attitude.

"Harry, go in there, put this screwdriver next to a panel marked X and run the hell out."
Do you want me to unscrew...
No! Run the hell out!

/actually unscrewed a few panels and then a bell rang and I wasn't allowed in that building for a few months. Long perm toblems like dain bramage? Unpossible!
 
2014-05-27 09:29:31 AM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: He's one of more than 100 submarine veterans living in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, far from the sea, where oceans are almost imaginary.

Someone's trying a bit too hard.


Lol, I missed that bit. I guess somebody had to pad their word count? But I guess you can't you go wrong with a joke about how backwoods Kansas and Missouri are when you sell most of your papers in Kansas City....
 
2014-05-27 09:31:14 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: dittybopper: They've even got their own submarines:

USS Batfish, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

USS Marlin, Omaha, Nebraska

USS Razorback, Little Rock, Arkansas

USS Jefferson City


 U 505 in Chicago
www.hnsa.org
 
2014-05-27 09:31:37 AM  
www.defectivegeeks.com
 
2014-05-27 09:41:43 AM  
A lot of navy guys move to the midwest after their service.

Its almost like they never want to see any kind of boat ever again.
 
2014-05-27 09:42:09 AM  
So there's still surprise buttsex?
 
2014-05-27 09:51:57 AM  

RY28: Mid_mo_mad_man: dittybopper: They've even got their own submarines:

USS Batfish, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

USS Marlin, Omaha, Nebraska

USS Razorback, Little Rock, Arkansas

USS Jefferson City

 U 505 in Chicago
[www.hnsa.org image 580x581]


Not just is it U-505, but it's the only U-boat in the United States and it's the only example of a Type IX on display anywhere in the world.
 
2014-05-27 09:53:53 AM  
 
2014-05-27 09:54:52 AM  

chewd: A lot of navy guys move to the midwest after their service.

Its almost like they never want to see any kind of boat ever again.


At lot of Canadian sub vets came from the prairies - they made great lookouts, cause they were used to looking out to horizon and seeing little to nothing.

/GOPHER!
 
2014-05-27 10:06:27 AM  

RY28: Mid_mo_mad_man: dittybopper: They've even got their own submarines:

USS Batfish, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

USS Marlin, Omaha, Nebraska

USS Razorback, Little Rock, Arkansas

USS Jefferson City

 U 505 in Chicago
[www.hnsa.org image 580x581]


Yeah, but I'm still pissed at that one.

Here's why:

Many, if not most, preserved submarines (and other historical ships*) periodically have ham radio operators "activate" them, and they will send you a "QSL card" like this one:

Front:
media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com
Back:
media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com

to confirm that you contacted them via radio.  I happen to collect Museum Ships QSL cards (btw, Museum Ships Weekend is in 10 days), and I specialize in submarine QSL cards.  I've made contact with most of the submarines in the US, and a couple outside the US.

A few years ago, I contacted the U-505.  I really was looking forward to that card, because while US submarines are a dime a dozen, it's harder to get a WWII German u-boat:  There are only 4 in existence, and only 3 that I know of that were being activated, and two of them were in Germany, which makes it somewhat harder to contact them, given the vagaries of radio propagation and time restrictions on when operations can take place.  Much easier when, like the U-505, it's a single F2 hop and only an hour's difference.

So I make the contact the year or two before they moved the U-505 indoors, and sent to W9AA (the Chicago area amateur radio club that ran the station on the U-505), and I get back a crappy, generic W9AA contest QSL card that makes *ZERO* mention of the U-505.

Then after that, they moved the boat indoors so they can't operate a ham radio station on board.

So I still don't have a u-boat QSL card.

*Yes, I know submarines are boats, not ships.
 
2014-05-27 10:10:00 AM  
I have had the theory for years that guys go into the service the most distant from where they grew up, if only because familiarity breeds contempt.  When you are in a high school near a Navy base, you resent sailors for their (successful) competition for the sexual favors of your classmates, and you join the Army.  Those growing up near Ft. Leavenworth or any of the many landlocked Army or Air Force establishments undoubtedly join hte Navy or Marines for the same reason.  Just about everybody in my Army unit came from coastal states, and here we have submariners from the plains.  I suspect other examples abound.
 
2014-05-27 10:11:49 AM  

kyleaugustus: Not just is it U-505, but it's the only U-boat in the United States and it's the only example of a Type IX on display anywhere in the world.


www.wearysloth.com

That's not *ENTIRELY* accurate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-534
 
2014-05-27 10:12:43 AM  

chewd: A lot of navy guys move to the midwest after their service.

Its almost like they never want to see any kind of boat ever again.


An old salt is retiring after thirty years of naval service. His shipmates offer one last toast and after the drinks are gone the old salt picks up his suitcase and swings an anchor over his shoulder.

"What the hell are you going to do with that anchor?" his buddies ask.

"I'm going to walk inland," the old salt replies," and when I get to somewhere where a fella asks me 'What the hell is that on your back', then that's where I'm living out the rest of my days."
 
2014-05-27 10:18:03 AM  
Picture from the 2001 "Submarines on the air" event where a couple of hams operated in the (cramped!) radio room of U-505:

www.hamfesters.org
 
2014-05-27 10:19:05 AM  
i189.photobucket.com

USS Silversides, Muskegon, MI
 
2014-05-27 10:21:36 AM  

chewd: A lot of navy guys move to the midwest after their service.

Its almost like they never want to see any kind of boat ever again.


Mr BTech is a sub vet living in (and from) Colorado.  We just moved back home.

/outlasted a nuclear submarine
//there for commissioning and decommissioning
//damn few "plankowner wives" left
 
2014-05-27 10:24:46 AM  

Horse & Cow

DBF

 
2014-05-27 10:29:02 AM  

chewd: A lot of navy guys move to the midwest after their service.

Its almost like they never want to see any kind of boat ever again.


Come to the land of the magic dragon. We have plenty of watercraft for it being Missouri. We even have fireboats.
 
2014-05-27 10:31:49 AM  

dittybopper: kyleaugustus: Not just is it U-505, but it's the only U-boat in the United States and it's the only example of a Type IX on display anywhere in the world.

[www.wearysloth.com image 320x240]

That's not *ENTIRELY* accurate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-534


Hahah that's awesome.
 
2014-05-27 10:36:11 AM  

Old_Chief_Scott: chewd: A lot of navy guys move to the midwest after their service.

Its almost like they never want to see any kind of boat ever again.

An old salt is retiring after thirty years of naval service. His shipmates offer one last toast and after the drinks are gone the old salt picks up his suitcase and swings an anchor over his shoulder.

"What the hell are you going to do with that anchor?" his buddies ask.

"I'm going to walk inland," the old salt replies," and when I get to somewhere where a fella asks me 'What the hell is that on your back', then that's where I'm living out the rest of my days."


Copied from the Odyssey, although Homer had him carry an oar.
 
2014-05-27 10:44:24 AM  

Voiceofreason01: StreetlightInTheGhetto: He's one of more than 100 submarine veterans living in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, far from the sea, where oceans are almost imaginary.

Someone's trying a bit too hard.

Lol, I missed that bit. I guess somebody had to pad their word count? But I guess you can't you go wrong with a joke about how backwoods Kansas and Missouri are when you sell most of your papers in Kansas City....


They've gone about as fer as they can go....
 
2014-05-27 10:48:34 AM  

chewd: A lot of navy guys move to the midwest after their service.

Its almost like they never want to see any kind of boat ever again.


Ummmm:

Revised rankings for the top 20 states and the total number of boats registered in each:
1. Michigan 1,000,337
2. Florida 922,597
3. California 896,090
4. Minnesota 834,974
5. Texas 624,390
6. Wisconsin 619,124
7. New York 529,732
8. Ohio 413,276
9. Illinois 398,431
10. South Carolina 383,971
11. Pennsylvania 357,729
12. North Carolina 353,625
13. Louisiana 327,272
14. Missouri 325,717
15. Georgia 325,135
16. Washington 266,717
17. Alabama 264,191
18. Tennessee 259,235
19. Virginia 243,590
20. Iowa 229,705
 
2014-05-27 10:52:25 AM  
My dad is only one of 3-4 left from SSN 229 Flying Fish, one of the highest decorated diesel boats in the Pacific theater.  He doesn't talk about the war much. But when you're 90, you've earned that right.
 
2014-05-27 10:53:17 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: My dad is only one of 3-4 left from SSN 229 Flying Fish, one of the highest decorated diesel boats in the Pacific theater.  He doesn't talk about the war much. But when you're 90, you've earned that right.


SS229, no N...doh!
 
2014-05-27 10:53:54 AM  

mainsail: 14. Missouri 325,717


Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Reservoir and Table Rock Lake. Lot of acres of water.
 
2014-05-27 10:55:01 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Lt. Cheese Weasel: My dad is only one of 3-4 left from SSN 229 Flying Fish, one of the highest decorated diesel boats in the Pacific theater.  He doesn't talk about the war much. But when you're 90, you've earned that right.

SS229, no N...doh!


I was *JUST* about to say something, but you caught it, so bravo.
 
2014-05-27 10:56:32 AM  

cynicalbastard: Voiceofreason01: StreetlightInTheGhetto: He's one of more than 100 submarine veterans living in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, far from the sea, where oceans are almost imaginary.

Someone's trying a bit too hard.

Lol, I missed that bit. I guess somebody had to pad their word count? But I guess you can't you go wrong with a joke about how backwoods Kansas and Missouri are when you sell most of your papers in Kansas City....

They've gone about as fer as they can go....


They got a swell the-ater they call a burly-que...
 
2014-05-27 10:59:37 AM  

Voiceofreason01: mainsail: 14. Missouri 325,717

Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Reservoir and Table Rock Lake. Lot of acres of water.


Plus Pomme de Terre, Mark Twain and Bull Shoals
 
2014-05-27 11:01:44 AM  
What knits them to this day is simpler: They shared an experience that still tugs at them.

"..and our friends are all aboard

many more of them live next door

and the band begins to play  . . . . .

We all live in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine,,"
 
2014-05-27 11:03:13 AM  

Voiceofreason01: mainsail: 14. Missouri 325,717

Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Reservoir and Table Rock Lake. Lot of acres of water.


Exactly. I was responding to the "never want to see a boat again" idea. Folks in the midwest are crazy for boats of all kinds....
 
2014-05-27 11:07:41 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Voiceofreason01: mainsail: 14. Missouri 325,717

Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Reservoir and Table Rock Lake. Lot of acres of water.

Plus Pomme de Terre, Mark Twain and Bull Shoals


Yep, forgot about those. Also since Lake of the Ozarks isn't run by the Army Corps of Engineers anybody can put a dock on it, so there are far more boats than there might be otherwise.
 
2014-05-27 11:13:17 AM  
Any other Fark sub vets out there?  My boat was the Finback, SSN 670.
 
2014-05-27 11:13:33 AM  
When I was a Kidd, we used this to find submarines, usually Soviet ones.

img.fark.net
 
2014-05-27 11:15:55 AM  

mainsail: Voiceofreason01: mainsail: 14. Missouri 325,717

Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Reservoir and Table Rock Lake. Lot of acres of water.

Exactly. I was responding to the "never want to see a boat again" idea. Folks in the midwest are crazy for boats of all kinds....


I was agreeing with you, sorry about the confusion.
 
2014-05-27 11:21:11 AM  

Voiceofreason01: Mid_mo_mad_man: Voiceofreason01: mainsail: 14. Missouri 325,717

Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Reservoir and Table Rock Lake. Lot of acres of water.

Plus Pomme de Terre, Mark Twain and Bull Shoals

Yep, forgot about those. Also since Lake of the Ozarks isn't run by the Army Corps of Engineers anybody can put a dock on it, so there are far more boats than there might be otherwise.


That's kinda of true. The Corps restricts building below a fixed line. Anything below that they are allowed to flood at thier will. Amren owns LOZ. They were required to prevent building below 630 degrees of elevation. The problem is they didn't. Now there's hundreds of buildings that might be torn down. It's a huge deal here. The KC Star had a story on it on it's front page Sunday.
 
2014-05-27 11:22:57 AM  

Nothing To See Here: When I was a Kidd, we used this to find submarines, usually Soviet ones.


Wouldn't hunting subs be a destroyers job?
 
2014-05-27 11:23:38 AM  

TheLastFrontiersman: Any other Fark sub vets out there?  My boat was the Finback, SSN 670.


Submariner. Tours on three boats, Jimmy Carter (SSN23), Alabama (SSBN731), Minnesota (SSN783). Small bits of time on a few others. 17+ yrs in and on my way to my last shore tour. I have loved it.

Thanks for standing a watch.
 
2014-05-27 11:35:51 AM  

bamnuke: TheLastFrontiersman: Any other Fark sub vets out there?  My boat was the Finback, SSN 670.

Submariner. Tours on three boats, Jimmy Carter (SSN23), Alabama (SSBN731), Minnesota (SSN783). Small bits of time on a few others. 17+ yrs in and on my way to my last shore tour. I have loved it.

Thanks for standing a watch.


Thank you both, gentlemen

militaryhonors.sid-hill.us

USS Grayling Memorial, Denver, Co .. Sloans Lake. A close relative's grandfather served on the Grayling. The Rocky Mountain chapter of Submariners contact her each year to attend the Memorials. It's hard to get past the throat knot when the Veterans file past to pay her Respects for her grandfather's sacrifice.
 
2014-05-27 11:41:50 AM  
Sixteen years ago I retired from the USN after being stationed on 5 subs and a sub tender.  I could care less if I never see an ocean again and thank God that for the rest of my life I will never have to return to sea on a submarine.

All you sailors who still go to sea, thanks for picking up the slack.
 
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