The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum is now featuring an exhibit highlighting the lives of the commanders of the USS Razorback. The exhibit opened on June 24.
The USS Razorback served in the United States Navy for 27 years. During that time, 17 men commanded the submarine through World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War. The exhibit features photographs, biographies, sea stories from the crew, and personal artifacts from the Commanding Officers.
Visitors can also tour the Razorback to view the Captain’s Cabin where these men lived while in service on the submarine.
One such man was the late Capt. Joseph T. Talbert Jr., who was the last commander of the U.S.S. Razorback that is stationed at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock.
Earlier this year, on April 5, a ceremony was held at the AIMM where Talbert’s ashes were scattered from the deck of the submarine he once commanded.
Talbert graduated from the U S Naval Academy, Class of 1956, Second Company and passed away in Coronado, Calif. on Nov. 20, 2012. His naval service included U.S. Floyd Parks and prior to entering the Submarine Service, he served in Redfish, Theodore Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, Carbonero and Sterlet as executive officer and Razorback as commanding officer until its decommissioning and release to the Turkish Navy in 1970. He is second generation USNA; his father and an uncle both graduated in the Class of 1920 and a brother-in-law, also a submariner, Class of 1949.
Talbert retired from active duty in 1979 to Coronado and later served on the city’s Citizen’s Advisory Panel and Planning Commission; Chairman, Coronado Centennial Celebration Committee and President, Pacific Southwest Chapter of the Submarine League.
Talbert’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Defense Superior Service Medal. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Emily, three sons and five grandchildren.