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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. Add USS Cod Submarine Memorial and other attractions to your Cleveland trip itinerary using our Cleveland holiday planner.
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  • It was our first time experience to visit a sub or navy things, interesting experience. Inside area is tight but you can pretty much touch everything the control panel, kitchen, bedroom...  more »
  • Great place to stop if your visiting and in downtown Cleveland. If you don't like cramped spaces, I wouldn't recommend it. If you're a history buff like me, it's a good time. Wonderful to see how our ...  more »
  • This is a real World War II submarine, permanently docked on Cleveland's lakefront. No stairs in, you go down ladders into the interior and walk from front to back, pausing along the way to give thank...  more »
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  • We came for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and saw this off to the side of the parking lot. My Grandpa served on a very similar sub in WWII and it was a real honor to get to walk through this one and try to put myself in his shoes. Very educational and fun. The guys that work on this do a fantastic job. Lots of details inside too.
  • The fact that the Cod is the least tampered with submarine from world war two makes it worth the visit. The people didn't make it more accessible by gutting it, it's all original. You get in by climbing down the same ladder crew members climbed and walk the same narrow walkways they did. This museum is not for people unable to climb or comfort their body for sure.
  • Great piece of history that you tour at your own pace. You must be able to climb down a ladder in the forward hatch to enter the sub and climb back up a ladder in the aft hatch to exit. A rare experience to see what our veterans fought in to preserve our freedom.
  • Cool museum, made better than some others because of the way the submarine is presented close to its original state. The sub still has some working engines, and the deck gun can still be aimed by visitors which was very nice to see.
  • Walking through this awesome machine is amazing. Hard to believe people had to live inside this sardine can