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WELCOME TO THE USS ORLECK NAVAL MUSEUM 

 TOUCH HISTORY; FEEL THE SPIRIT


6 SEPTEMBER 2017:  We will press forward with the Homecoming/Reunion and look forward to hosting our visitors.  Although Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey impacted the planning and attendance at the event we look forward to hosting our out-of-town visitors.  The ship came through the storm ok but the flooding took a toll in the area, especially to our west.  We are in the mode of neighbor helping neighbor.  Lake Charles is now accessible from Houston via IH-10. Please contact us at 337-214-7447 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or would like to attend at the last minute.  We are finalizing our attendance count for the banquet of 14 September on Friday, 8 September. Call and we will try to work you.  For local attendees, the GTO Party Band will provide the music on the 14th.  Lake Charles Jazz Katz Band will provide the music for the sunset event on the 15th.

10 AUGUST 2017 UPDATE:  There is still time to make our hotel reservations to attend USS ORLECK Naval Museum 2017 HOMECOMING-REUNION set for September 13-15, 2017, in Lake Charles LA.  The Museum will host former USS ORLECK crewmembers and their in families in conjunction with the 72nd Anniversary of the ORLECK's Commission.  Arrangements for lodging and meeting space have been made with L'auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles.  Please make hotel reservations by August 10th.  Conference fee:   $275 if paid by August 10th; $300 if paid after that date.  Click here for details.

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URGENT MESSAGE: Save our Ship (S.O.S.):  SAVE THE ORLECK Fundraising Campaign.  See how you can help!

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Welcome to the USS ORLECK Naval Museum where you can literally touch history and feel the spirit of the sailors who served aboard her!

The USS ORLECK DD886 is one of the most decorated US Navy ships since WWII, and as a member of the Historic Naval Ship Association (HNSA)  is one of 188 historic ships from 124 organizations in 13 countries that make up HNSA "Fleet".  We draw visitors from across the Nation and dozens of countries around the world. ORLECK joins the Historic Fleet in serving critical roles in preserving our maritime history and educating future generations of the service and sacrifice required to maintain our freedoms.

 "Why Historic Naval Ships are Critical to our Nation": In his September 2015 address with this title at the Annual HNSA Conference Banquet aboard the fantail of the USS Iowa museum ship in San Pedro CA, Rear Admiral Sam Cox, US Navy (Ret.), Director of the Navy History and Heritage Command, stated:

". . . the role HNSA ships play is critical – their ships remind the American people how important the freedom of the sea is to our way of life. HNSA ships remind the American people about the historic and ongoing threats to that way of life. HNSA ships remind the American people about the valor and sacrifice of those who fought and died at sea to preserve our freedom." He further stated that the U.S. Navy values HNSA’s efforts to preserve and maintain these historic ships that "inspire future generations to service in the navies of their nations."

The Museum’s mission statement and its motto to "Remember, Honor, Restore, and Educate" mirrors the tenants of the founders of HNSA. Indeed, as stated in the HNSA Visitors Guide introduction, "…to step aboard one of these vessels is to step back in time for a brief moment, be transported to far off exotic sounding places such as the Normandy Beaches, Trafalgar, the Mediterranean, and Leyte Gulf and experience moments in history that shaped the world we live in." ORLECK, "Born on the Bayou" in Orange TX in 1945 and on display in Southwest Louisiana, continues to tell that story day after day to visitors and ship enthusiasts!

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 The USS ORLCK Naval Museum is a private a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (TAX ID 90-0507764) dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of USS ORLECK DD-886 and the sailors who served aboard her during her distinguished service on behalf of the Nation.  We must be self-supporting as we are not funded by the US NAVY or other Federal, state, or local entities.  We depend on individual and business donations, memberships, business sponsorships, tour admissions, laser tag play, grants, and special events such as the annual Haunted Ship to fund our operations, programs, and restoration and repair efforts.

Mission Statement USS Orleck Naval Museum, Inc.

To establish the Gearing-class destroyer USS Orleck DD886, docked in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as a lasting memorial to honor the men and women of our nation's Armed Forces; to preserve the history created by the crews who served on the USS Orleck and other U.S. Navy ships; to educate younger generations on the sacrifices made by these individuals to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today through educational, historical, and interpretive programs and experiences for adults and children of all ages; and to establish a first class tourist attraction, and educational and recreational resource for visitors from throughout the United States and other countries.

REMEMBER, HONOR, RESTORE, EDUCATE

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Physical: 604 N Enterprise BLVD Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70601
or Mailing: P.O. 4470, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70606-4470

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