Naval & Military Park Buffalo Reviews
On to Buffalo and the Naval & Military Park Aug 11, 2015
It was nearly dark when we reached the outskirts of Buffalo, the second most populous city in the state after New York City. I recall back in 1999 when I passed through this city on a Greyhound bus. We had a couple of hours layover at the bus station to wait for the connecting bus, and I walked around outside the station. I can remember not being very impressed with the city, but my opinion changed before I left for home the next evening.
After searching around and asking for directions at a Burmese restaurant (review already published here on TB) we finally found a motel to stay in the suburb of Tonawanda. Dinner was takeaway burritos from a Mexican restaurant.
The following afternoon, after lunch at Sun restaurant we went to the Naval & Military Park on the waterfront of Buffalo. This open air museum pays tribute to US military history with exhibits and displays that paint a picture of military life throughout American history.
The park is also home to three US Navy ships, each of which has its own story to tell; (having served for seven years in the Burmese Navy, I had special interest in the warships at this park)
The USS Little Rock is the last of the Cleveland class-guided missile cruisers. The Little Rock saw its heyday from 1945 until 1976, during which time she patrolled both the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.
Also docked at the pier is the USS Croaker, a Gato-class submarine that was built as part of the increase in United States submarine forces during World War II. It was decommissioned from the Navy in 1971.
The third ship moored at the docks is the USS The Sullivans, named in honor of the five Sullivan brothers who lost their lives when their ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine in the Second World War. At that time, all the five Sullivans were serving on board the same ship the USS Juneau.
The above are just a few of the impressive pieces of equipment at the park; there are also tanks, helicopters, fighter jets, and a variety of other land, air and sea based equipment to be enjoyed, explored and learned at the Naval & Military Park in Buffalo, New York state.
By the way, parking at the park is FREE, with plenty of space!
Footnote: While walking along the promenade, a TV newsman from a local station approached me and asked me whether I would like to give four reasons why I was visiting the city of Buffalo. He started filming me while I was giving my answers, and when I finished he said he was from Channel 4 (hence, the 4 reasons) and added that the segment would be shown on their Channel 4 local news that evening. Unfortunately, I couldn't get to see it as we were on the plane at that time flying back home to Orlando.
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