F-4 PHANTOM FIGHTER JET
Sponsored by the Bierhaus Foundation
As part of our Grand Opening ceremony on May 31, 2013, the Indiana Military Museum was proud to unveil an exciting new exhibit: an f-4 Phantom Fighter Jet.
F-4 Phantom jets entered into service in 1960, developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. This aircraft played a critical role in the Vietnam war and has the distinction of being the last U.S. fighter jet to achieve Ace status in the 20th century.
Today, F-4s are rare. Since the mid-1970’s, they have been replaced by more modern aircraft such as the F-16. Our F-4 was retrieved from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
This exhibit has been made possible by the generous support of Jayne Bierhaus and the Bierhaus Foundation in honor of Jayne’s father, Robert V. Bierhaus.
USS GRAYBACK – SS-208 MEMORIAL
Commissioned in 1941, the USS Grayback was a Tambor-class submarine that successfully completed ten patrols during WWII. In February 27, 1944, as Grayback was patrolling near Okinawa, the vessel was attacked by multiple Japanese aircraft. The submarine, along with all the souls on board, was sunk in the cold waters of the Pacific.
The USS Grayback was one of fifty-two submarines lost in WWII. To memorialize these vessels and their brave crews, each state was assigned a Submarine Memorial for one of the boats. Indiana’s submarine is the Grayback.
In 2011, the USS Grayback memorial found a home at the Indiana Military Museum, where it was re-dedicated by veterans of all eras, including a number of submarine crews and relief crews who were on active duty from December 1, 1941 through September 1, 1945. Each year, submariners from around the state participate in a memorial to honor the crew of the USS Grayback, and all those who served on submarines during WWII.
Additional Images for the USS Grayback
Virginia “Genna” Stanley in memory of CDR. Earl Wm Stanley, USN
Sponsored by TAC Missileers and Association of Air Force Missileers
Dedicated to Lyman Eugene Lance by family, friends, classmates and former football players
WWII PACIFIC THEATER EXHIBIT
Sponsored Carrie Hubler in memory of Charles Hubler USN
Sponsored by Glen G Apple