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Springfield, Missouri: USS Lapon - Sub Surfacing out of Grass

The "sail" -- the tower section on top of a sub -- appears as if it's just surfacing from an expanse of lawn at the American Legion hall.

American Legion Post 639

2660 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO
On the east side of S. Scenic Ave./S. FR 137, about 1.5 miles north of US Hwy 60/160. Look for the American Legion Post 639 sign, drive up the driveway, the sub will be on the right.
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Huey helicopter.

U.S.S. Lapon

Along with the submarine, there are helicopters on the site.

[Rhonda Agnew, 10/26/2013]

The display of military hardware at American Legion Post 639 includes a couple of Vietnam-era choppers and the conning tower of the U.S.S. Lapon, a Cold War sub that seems to be surfacing out of the lawn.

USS Lapon.

Submarine - USS Lapon's Sail

Featured in the N.Y. Times Bestselling book "Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story Of Submarine Espionage" by Sherry Sontag and the subject of a television documentary, the U.S.S. Lapon was a proud cold war warrior that stood guard to protect our country and now has a good home here in the heart of America, Springfield, MO!

[Chuck Shepherd, 05/10/2010]

March 2011 - photo added. The "sail" -- the tower section on top of a sub -- appears as if it's just surfacing from an expanse of lawn at the American Legion hall.

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