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136. USS Silversides

May 16, 2011

USS Silversides

The Silversides now resides in Muskegon on the channel from Lake Michigan to Muskegon Lake. Its amazing we have true piece of history like this right here in West Michigan. They have daily tours so make it a point or a break at the beach!! Also with the submarine is the USCGC McLANE and Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum.

1346 Bluff Street
Muskegon, Michigan 49441
PH:    231-755-1230
FAX: 231-755-5883
Summer Hours of Operation
 April, May: everyday 10:00am – 4:00pm 
June, July, August: everyday 10:00am – 5:30pm
September, October: everyday 10:00am – 4:00pm

USS SILVERSIDES was commissioned in the U.S. Navy on December 15, 1941, just eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She left for the first of her 14 war patrols on April 30, 1942.

SILVERSIDES served with the Pacific Fleet in the empire waters along the coast of Japan, the East China Sea. SILVERSIDES also patrolled key enemy shipping routes around the Marinanas, Carolinas, Bismark Archipelago, and along the Solomon Island to guadalcanal. Her mission was to stop raw materials and supplies such as oil, bauxite, rubber, coal, food, and iron ore from going to Japan. SILVERSIDES sank 23 ships and damaged 14 ships. She ranks third highest among all World War II U.S. submarines in ships sunk, totaling 90,080 tons. None of the boats scoring more sunk or tonnage sunk exists today, leaving SILVERSIDES as the nation’s most famous surviving submarine.

For outstanding and aggressive performance, SILVERSIDES was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for four patrols, the highest award given to Navy ships, and twelve Combat Insignia Battle Stars for successful patrol runs.

POST WAR SERVICE: After WWII ended, SILVERSIDES proceeded to New York via the Panama Canal. In 1947, SILVERSIDES made her way up the Mississippi and arrived in Chicago where she served as a reserve training vessel until 1969. In 1972, SILVERSIDES was scheduled to be scrapped. Gasps of concerns arose in the city and the Great Lakes Navy Association was formed. The group represented and a comprehensive restoration plan to the U.S. Navy and was granted caretaker of the boat in July 1973. SILVERSIDES was designated a National Historic Landmark in October 1972.

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