Sprucing Up a WWII Boat in Central Arkansas

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - Each and every year several sailors from around the country return to the USS Razorback.  The former World War II submarine is now a museum on the banks of the Arkansas River in North Little Rock. 

Michael S. Marmon was the cook on board on the Razorback. "I was 19-years-old, and every time I come back here I turn 19-years-old again," said Marmon.

One week a year these sailors have started a tradition of coming back to the boat.

Robert Opple is a veteran who worked on the Razorback, he talked about the tradition saying, "Well it was pure euphoria, I saw people that I hadn't seen in 50 years."

But this is more than just a reunion tour, this is also a week of work.

"Well we are busting our butt down here, but it's a fun bust your butt, it really is," added Opple.

This year the crew is focusing on cleaning grease off the boat and repairing floors.

Marmon said he will do what he can to help, "I've been a cook my whole life and that's all I really wanna do is cook for them, and if they want me to paint, I'll paint, if they want me to chip up tile, I'll chip up tile."

In all of this work there is a message, these sailors have a hope that future generations will enjoy the USS Razorback.

"Nothing I think would please us more than 100 years from now to have a bunch of boy scouts or girl scouts come on board this beautiful old lady and go 'wow, how did they do it, how did they live here,'" said Opple.

Many of these sailors even sleep on the boat during these work week. 

For more on the USS Razorback, click here.

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