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USS Orleck Naval Museum, Lake Charles

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Built in 1945 by Consolidated Steel Shipbuilding in Orange, Texas, the USS ORLECK DD886 was launched into the Sabine River on 12 May 1945, and entered duty on 15 September. She served proudly in Korea and Vietnam, earning many prestigious awards and citations for participation in battle and service to her country, including four battle stars earned during the Korean Conflict. She was decommissioned in 1982, transferred to the Turkish government, renamed the TCG YUCETEPE, and served the Turkish Navy in the Persian Gulf in 1991. Turkey donated the ship to the Southeast Texas War Memorial and Heritage Foundation (SETWMHF) in 1999 to serve as a museum ship. She returned to her original berth in Orange by tow 11 August 2000 where she served as a museum ship until Hurricane Rita resulted in the loss of her berth.

The USSONM, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation (Federal Tax ID 90-0507764) established in 2009, towed the ship from Orange, Texas, to Lake Charles 19-20 May 2010. SETWMFH transferred the ORLECK to USSONM by act of donation on 22 June 2010, and volunteers are preparing her for the April 2011 opening at her temporary berth on the Calcasieu River at 604 North Enterprise Blvd. Local businesses and industries have provided much needed in-kind services and material (parking lot material, paint, sheet metal, dozers, etc.), allowing our volunteers to make significant progress in getting the ship ready for visitors.

The USS ORLECK DD886 is indeed a National treasure. With your help and support we will accomplish our mission of remembering and honoring those who served to secure our freedoms, historical preservation of the USS ORLECK and US Navy legacies, and educating adults and children alike through interpretive, social, and recreational programs.
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  • This was a very interesting visit,a ship like I served on in the Navy. The ship is being restored. and soon will go to dry dock to bring her back in shape. She will then go to Jacksonville Fl . for...  more »
  • How long is the tour? Is it a big ship ? Just curious — I am visiting lake Charles it is my first time thr  more »
  • My son loves and so interested in Aircraft carrier and battle ship. This Museum was perfect for him to enjoy. Stayed 3 and a half hours even it was 90 degrees. Recommend. 군함을 좋아하는 아이들에게는 최고의 박물관입니다.
  • Great place to learn about some history, lots of stuff to check out, nooks and crannys everywhere. A little cluttered with non relative stuff, but still pretty cool to check out. Make yourself known at all times, I almost got locked in the SIROC compartment, (otherwise 5 star) though I was there all day, until closing.. lost track of time, so partially my fault, but still.. glad I banged on the window..

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