The War Below
“No one knows how long this will last, but long enough to make everyone very tired of it.”
—Slade Cutter, February 9, 1942, letter
Lieutenant Commander Creed Cardwell Burlingame paced the bridge of the USS Silversides as it departed the submarine base at Pearl Harbor
at 9:51 a.m. on April 30, 1942.
The thirty-seven-year-old skipper, nicknamed “Burly,” felt anxious this warm Thursday morning. The...