Buffalo and Erie County
Naval & Military Park

Canal Side, Buffalo, New York

The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, formerly known as The Buffalo Naval and Servicemen's Park, is a museum on the shore of Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. It is home to several decommissioned US Naval vessels, including the Cleveland-class cruiser USS Little Rock, the Fletcher-class destroyer USS The Sullivans, and the submarine USS Croaker. All three are open to the public for tours.

USS Little Rock (CL-92/CLG-4/CG-4)

USS Little Rock (CL-92/CLG-4/CG-4) is a United States Navy Cleveland-class light cruiser, one of 27 completed during or shortly after World War II, and one of six to be converted to guided missile cruisers. She was the first US Navy ship to be named for Little Rock, Arkansas. Commissioned in mid-1945, she was completed too late to see combat duty during World War II. After an initial South American cruise, she spent the next few years serving off the east coast of the U.S., in the Caribbean, and in the Mediterranean. Like all but one of her sister ships, she was retired in the post-war defense cutbacks, becoming part of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet in 1949.


USS The Sullivans (DD-537)

USS The Sullivans (DD-537) was a United States Navy Fletcher-class destroyer. The ship was named in honor of the five Sullivan brothers (George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert) aged 20 to 27 who lost their lives when their ship, USS Juneau, was sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942. This was the greatest military loss by any one American family during World War II. She was also the first ship commissioned in the Navy that honored more than one person.

Croaker (SS-246) (SSK-246) (AGSS-246) (IXSS-246)

USS Croaker (SS/SSK/AGSS/IXSS-246), a Gato-class submarine, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the croaker, any of various fishes which make throbbing or drumming noises. Her keel was laid down on 1 April 1943 by Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 19 December 1943 (sponsored by the wife of Admiral William H. P. Blandy), and commissioned on 21 April 1944, with Commander John E. Lee in command.

Picture taken of the damaged U.S. SIGINT ship USS Liberty (AGTR-5) which had been attacked by Israel Defense Forces and damaged on 8 June 1967 in the Mediterranean Sea by Israeli forces during the Six Days War. The picture was taken from the U.S. aircraft carrier USS America (CVA-66). To the right is the guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock (CLG-4), flagship of the 6th Fleet.

All photos are from website and Facebook pages. Some were taken by Patriot Federation Photography.