USS Drum (SS-228) is a Gato-class submarine; the first named after the drum, a family of fish. Drum is now a museum ship in Mobile, Alabama, at Battleship Memorial Park. She is the oldest of her class still in existence.
During WW2, Drum made fourteen patrols, the last of which was cut short by the Japanese surrender.
On at least three occasions Drum endured hours of depth charge attacks. Despite that she is credited with sinking fifteen ships, a total of 80,580 tons of enemy shipping by the end of the war. For her service she was awarded a total of 12 battle stars.
Following the war, Drum was decommissioned on 16 February 1946 and the next month began service in the Potomac River Naval Command for the Naval Reserve in Washington, DC until 1967.
After transferring to the inactive fleet at Norfolk, Virginia she was donated to the USS Alabama Battleship Commission in 1969, and opened to the public the same year. She was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
Drum was moored directly behind USS Alabama until she sustained damage in the storm surge of Hurricane Georges in 1998. She was placed on display ashore. Both Drum and Alabama received damage when Hurricane Katrina came ashore in August 2005. Tours on board drum resumed the following January. Most of the funding to maintain the submarine comes from a community of American Submarine Vets.
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