Launched one year to the day after the events of December 7, 1941, the submarine USS Bowfin, dubbed the "Pearl Harbor Avenger," completed nine successful patrols before eventually arriving at her final, peacetime berth in the waters of Pearl Harbor.
Like her namesake - a scrappy, mean-looking fish with powerful jaws, sharp teeth, and a voracious appetite - the Bowfin proved to be a formidable underwater adversary, sinking 44 enemy ships during the war. Today, the Bowfin is a National Historic Landmark and museum ship where visitors from all over the world are able to experience what it was like to live and work aboard a World War II-era sub.
Located within walking distance of the Arizona Memorial, the Bowfin Submarine Museum boasts a 10,000-square-foot interior featuring over 4,000 submarine-related artifacts, from recruiting posters to battle flags, and one-of-a-kind exhibits including a cutaway Poseidon missile with its inner workings on full display.
Strolling through the park grounds, visitors will discover an authentic Japanese Kaiten, or manned, Torpedo, as well as the intact conning tower and periscope of the USS Parche, a contemporary of the Bowfin's and one of the most decorated World War II-era subs in the Pacific Fleet.
Every year, thousands pay their respects at the Park's Waterfront Memorial, a fitting tribute to the 52 American submarines lost during the war and the brave servicemen who gave their lives to the Silent Service.