Remember, Honor, Restore, Educate!
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 (4) battle stars earned during
the Korean Conflict and f0urteen (14) during the Vietnam War. 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 Orange by tow 11 August 2000 where she served as a museum ship
until Hurricane Rita resulted in the loss of her berth. She arrived in Lake Charles, Louisiana, by tow on 20 May 2010 and was opened to the public on 10 April 2011 as the USS ORLECK Naval Museum. She remains open to the public for tours and special events and is working ward a permanent berth on the west side of Lake Charles near the IH-10 Bridge.
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. In summary: Remember, Honor, Restore, Educate!
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. The USS Orleck opened to the public on 9
April 2011 at her temporary berth on the Calcasieu River at 604 North
Enterprise Blvd thanks to the dedicated work and support of volunteers and
supporters. Local businesses and industries contributed much needed in-kind
services and materials (parking lot material, paint, sheet metal, heavy
equipment, etc.), providing our volunteers many of the resources needed to
prepare the ship to receive visitors during the grand opening weekend of 9-10
The Board of Directors, officers, members, and volunteers of the USS ORLECK NAVAL MUSEUM, Inc. (USSONM), are honored and privileged to be a part of bringing the World War II-era destroyer, the USS ORLECK DD886, to Lake Charles, Louisiana, to serve as a historic museum and veterans memorial.