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    How a Michigan Beach Town Became Home to a Highly-Decorated WWII Submarine

    How a Michigan Beach Town Became Home to a Highly-Decorated WWII Submarine

    MUSKEGON, MI – An 82-year-old piece of storied World War II history has called the Muskegon Lake channel home since 1987, thanks to strong community support and the formation of a museum.

    The Silversides fought in the war from April 1942 to July 1945. Painted on the side of the ship like a tattoo are 30 Japanese flags representing the enemy ships the submarine sank during its 14 patrols. The submarine ranks third highest among all submarines in ships sunk, today it is the nation's most famous surviving WWII submarine.

    The submarine was originally designed to run alongside a Navy fleet but when the U.S. fleets were depleted after Pearl , the submarine's mission changed to “hunter killers,” said museum preservationist Matt Kervin.

    Unlike modern-day submarines, the Silverside does not have a round exterior. Instead, the ship has a flat surface and looks similar to a fleet ship.

    The USS Silverside was in the war from April 1942 to July 1945. Painted on the side of the ship like a tattoo are 30 Japanese flags representing the enemy ships the submarine sank during its 14 patrols. The submarine ranks third highest among all WWII submarines in ships sunk. Today it is the nation's most famous surviving WWII submarine.

    After WWII, the Silversides was brought to Chicago for training. After years of sitting in decay a team of volunteers helped restore the vessel. The submarine was moved to Chicago's Navy Pier in…

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