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The USS Silversides was commissioned in the U.S. Navy on December 15, 1941, just eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
She served along the coast of Japan and the East China Sea, patrolling key enemy shipping routes with a mission to stop raw materials and supplies from going to Japan (like oil, coal, food, etc.).
During her service she sank 23 ships and damaged14 others. She ranks 3rd highest among all WWII submarines in the number of ships sunk. However, none of the other still exist today, leaving the Silversides as the nation’s most famous surviving submarine.
After WWII ended, she wound up in Chicago as a reserve training vessel until 1969 when she was scheduled to be scrapped. The Great Lakes Navy Association put together a restoration plan and was granted caretakers of the boat in July, 1973. Silversides was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1972.
She was moved to Muskegon, Michigan in 1987 where she now resides as an exhibit for the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum.
The U.S.S. Silversides was added to the Nation Register of Historic Places in 1972 (#72000453)