Save Our Ship (S.O.S.): SAVE THE ORLECK. The USS ORLECK Naval Museum needs your immediate support. Now is the time to step up to save the legacy of the USS ORLECK DD-886, one of the most decorated ships since WWII with a record of outstanding accomplishments during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
The Museum needs donations and pledges NOW from individuals, businesses, and organizations across the community, the state, and across the Nation to build up its capital funding to help secure its future on the lakefront. The “SAVE THE ORLECK” fundraising campaign goal is $350,000, which give the Museum flexibility to seek dollar for dollar matching grants and professionally plan for dry dock repairs and building a dock once a property lease has been signed.
As has been documented in recent newspaper and television news reports, the dedicated and passionate USS ORLECK volunteers’ vision of a permanent home on the lakefront near the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel is not working out due to the proposed sale of the Isle property to Laguna Development Corp (LDC) of New Mexico. LDC has indicated in the news reports and correspondence with the Museum that they are not interested in relocating the ship next to the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel property. LDC is currently in the process of licensing with the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.
The Museum is a 501 ( c ) (3 ) not-for profit tax-exempt organization (Federal Tax ID: 90-0507764) dedicated to preserving the history and sharing the legacy of the men and women who dedicated their lives to preserving our freedoms and way of life. The ORLECK is staffed by passionate volunteers of all backgrounds and all ages who exemplify the motto: “Remember, Honor, Restore, and Educate!”
Thank you for helping to preserve the legacy of the USS ORLECK for future generations where visitors can “Touch History and Feel the Spirit” of our Nation!
Additional background is available at:
KPLC-TV news story, October 26, 2016:
Lake Charles LA American Press newspaper, October 25, 2016
Lake Charles LA American Press newspaper, September 9, 2016