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Help Bring the Razorback Home !
Note: Please refer to the USSVI website area on Razorback for more information.

Dear Shipmates:

This is a request for your assistance in returning the retired submarine, USS Razorback SS-394 to the United States from Turkey.

The USS Razorback was commissioned in 1943. It is the last submarine that was present in Tokyo Bay at the signing of the Peace Treaty ending WWII that has not been scrapped.  She is also the only boat to have earned battle ribbons in WWII and Vietnam.  Then she was turned over to Turkey, where she was in operation for nearly 30 years. That is nearly 60 years of surface and submerged operations.  This is a tremendous testimonial to the quality of the boat and the crews that have maintained her through all these years. To save this history of WWII combat Patrols, Cold War Era operations and Turkish service for our next generations, and to keep the sacrifices made by Submariners and their vessels a living legacy, we are creating a joint US and Turkish museum commemorating this great Lady in North Little Rock, AR.

The Mayor of North Little Rock, AR has received authorization from both the United States and the Turkish government for the transfer of the submarine to North Little Rock, AR. where this joint museum is being established.

This is a tremendous undertaking and any and all assistance is sincerely appreciated.

We will recognize each boat that supports our mission by placing the name of that boat on a plaque at the museum honoring donors with significant contributions.  There will be the:

  • Admiral level $5000 or more - Individual plaques mounted in Memorial Park
  • Commodore level is $1000 - $5000 - Listed on a plaque with other contributors
  • Captain level is $250 - $!,000  - Listed on plaque with other contributors
  • Crewmember level is up to $250- Acknowledged in Donors Deck Log kept on exhibit at USS Razorback Memorial.

If you part of an association dedicated to your former boat (or boats), we would appreciate it if you would send this information to each of your crew members, who in turn, could forward it on to their e-mail friends giving your boat even more opportunity to increase the cumulative amount of donations. Donations will be submitted individually, but can be credited to your boat, so please place the hull number of the boat in the Memo space on your checks.

All TAX DEDUCTIBLE contribution, in any amount, is sincerely appreciated.  Please make your check payable to: 

Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum Assoc.
City Hall
PO Box 5757
North Little Rock, AR 72119-5757

Let us know if you would desire a receipt for tax purposes.


Thank you,

Bud "Shag" Stratton, QMC(SS), USN Ret.
Email: strattonb@aol.com

(Edited for presentation on this site - Ed.)

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