WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Tuesday announced that the National Parks Service is awarding a significant financial grant to restore a historic Naval submarine that calls Cleveland home.
The $395,050 grant was awarded through the Save America's Treasures grant program and will be allocated toward restorations for the USS Cod, which served in the Pacific during second World War. The Cleveland Coordinating Committee for Cod, based in Richfield, is responsible for maintaining the 80-year-old vessel.
"This grant ensures that the U.S.S. Cod will remain accessible," Brown said in a statement. "This investment will help fuel the local economy in the area, while preserving this historic vessel for generations to come."
Made entirely in America, the Cod launched in 1943 and gained fame when it sunk the first Japanese destroyer to be lost in World War II. It remained active through the end of the conflict and beyond and came to Cleveland in 1959 as a training vessel before being converted into a museum in 1976.
"Now a National Historic Landmark, the U.S.S. Cod is docked in the North Coast Harbor of Lake Erie and is maintained and operated as a memorial to the more than 3,900 submariners who lost their lives during the more than 100 year history of the United States Navy Submarine Force," a press release on the grant states.
Watch a 2019 Memorial Day service aboard the Cod in the player below: