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Encyclopedia Of Arkansas: The USS Razorback

An American World War II submarine served in the Turkish Navy before finally docking in the Arkansas River at North Little Rock.

The USS Razorback was launched on Jan. 27, 1944, and earned five battle stars during the war. She witnessed the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay in 1945. The ship was modified in 1950 to make it competitive with Soviet subs, and the Razorback saw service in Vietnam before being decommissioned in 1970.

The sub was transferred to the Turkish Navy and renamed the TGC Muratries (murr-ot-rees). The Turks decommissioned the vessel in 2001 and the city of North Little Rock bought her for $37,500 four years later.

The city paid a half million dollars – mostly from private donations – to have the Razorback towed from Turkey and it is now open for tours as part of the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, which also acquired the USS Hoga, gaining the distinction of owning vessels that witnessed the beginning and the end of the Second World War.

You can read the entire Encyclopedia of Arkansas entry at encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entries/uss-razorback-submarine-2586.