USS Cod Submarine Memorial, Cleveland

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The once-active World War II submarine USS Cod Submarine Memorial honors the many soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty in the United States Navy Submarine Force. This particular submarine launched in 1943 and fought over half a dozen significant battles during World War II. The ship's real claim to fame came in 1945, when it rescued 56 Dutch sailors from a stuck submarine, performing the only international submarine-to-submarine rescue in history. Climb aboard the wartime boat to get a taste for the cramped living spaces experienced by the many men who made their home aboard. Ex-submariners man the vessel for visitors, giving the experience a very personal touch. Plan my day in Cleveland using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • October 2, 2017
    I have been on the Cod for several touching Memorial Day Services. This submarine is one of the few and the best restored submarine from the Second World War era. I have been on the submarines in San ...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    The submarine is available to view in its natural state. That means you climb a narrow ladder through a small tube to get on and off the ship. As expected, the interior of the sub is tight but maneuve...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    We took our kids to see this & it was very eye opening. You can see almost the entire inside of the submarine & it's hard to believe that people actually live like that! One thing is that the only way...  more »
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  • May 2, 2017
    Awesome historical sight! We enjoyed it very much and the staff were awesome. This vessel has not been altered in any way. Kind of a tight fit but that's the price you pay! She had period correct military manuals on that added to its correctness! An enjoyable visit for anyone to visit! S/F
  • June 15, 2017
    A great time capsule into what life was like on a WWII submarine. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff are more than happy to answer any questions and happy to add stories of their own experience! Self guided tour of nearly the entire submarine from front torpedo room to aft.
  • June 29, 2017
    Nothing better than to see history first hand. Enjoyed the tour and enjoy reading about the history. A great little tour to take family too and to show appreciation for our past and present service men and women.
  • July 4, 2017
    A little tight fit going down the hatch but well worth the trouble. I'm a bit claustrophobic and this really made me realize what those sailors had to endure in service to their country. Everything appeared very authentic and the docent was extremely knowledgeable.
  • April 6, 2017
    It's a nice self-guided tour of a submarine. My 10 yr old really liked it. If you have trouble with climbing ladders and through small doorways or being in confined spaces and such I would not recommend going inside for this tour though.

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