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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  • We were able to visit this monument after the Cancer walk for DVD. I've been in CLE all my life and never cane here. I'm so happy i finally did. I learned so much about the service men and how they li...  more »
  • This was an unplanned visit but glad we went!! Our kids had a blast while learning history! Everyone was very nice and helpful! Good place for a history lesson that won't bore you!  more »
  • I never new what those sailers went through until I went below the deck of this sub..in a time of war I would have been scared to death serving on this sub..everyone should experience this feeling..we...  more »
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  • It was a good experience, all of the guides were very knowledgeable, most of them have served on submarines. The presentation seemed a little ad-hoc but I guess that can add to the experience if you're into that kind of thing. I personally would prefer a formal hour long walk through or something a little more professional. Perhaps with a list of interesting facts and specifics they point out. Instead of hanging in one spot for an hour talking about one thing and then rushing through the rest of it.
  • Outstanding presentation of a WW2 Pacific theatre submarine. Immaculate interior well lit in which you can browse at your own pace. Easily the best example from the period that I have seen. As a bonus, a fantastic group of people maintaining and running the show who were friendly and knowledgeable and very welcoming of out-of-town guests. Highly recommended activity.
  • This was an amazing trip with my three kids. They are 15, 11 and 5 years old and they couldn't get enough. We went through twice because they had so much fun. On this tour, the volunteers work hard to answer your questions, talk about the history and boat details, and the entire experience is based on being able to touch and interact with the sub, including laying in the racks (beds). There are dimly lit areas for the kids to explore and pretend they are under the sea. To boot, the day we were there we were able to witness one of the giant diesel engines start up (its almost 80 years old!) and the 5 inch gun was fired! If you are in Cleveland, this is a MUST SEE attraction!
  • The ticket would cost you $12 per person. If you are a VA, you will save $1. There are many volunteers (I guess) at USS Code to help or answer people's questions. This is a small submarine comparatively. I think it only took us about 45-60 mins to finish the tour. But I enjoyed seeing the inside of a submarine and understanding how submariners living in it. Now, I appreciate all the military services and their sacrifice more to this country I love. 🇺🇸
  • Very awesome experience! Learned and saw a lot! Met a couple of vets very nice and educated men!

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