Wednesday, January 31, 2024

USS Orleck Museum Ship

 USS Orleck Museum Ship

My friend, Michael, a retired commander from the United States Navy, took his wife, my wife and I on a tour of the decommissioned USS Orleck. The Orleck is a destroyer and the most decorated post-WWII built US Navy ship ever.  The Orleck was used in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and the Orleck assisted in the recovery of the Gemini IV space capsule.

The U.S.S. Orleck, which earned the nickname "The Grey Ghost of the Vietnam Coast" by firing more rounds in support of ground troops than any ship in the Navy, is at the Jacksonville, Fl, Naval Museum open for visitors on its permanent berth docked in the St. Johns River.

The USS Orleck was called ”Train Buster of the Korean War”, as it demolished two trains in two weeks.

As Mike, myself and our wives walked up the gangplank of the Orleck, I could feel the spirit and bravery of the American sailors who had served aboard this proud ship during wartime and peacetime.  The Orleck had served this country for over 25 years in battle. My Dad and one brother had served in the Navy, another brother in the Air Force, an Army veteran myself, along with my grandfather and uncles, aunts, cousins, and nieces. I felt so humble about my family, yet proud to know we had served our country.

A visit to the Orleck is a MUST for every American.

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