Plans for retired Navy vessel stay afloat for becoming downtown Jacksonville museum

Tom SzaroletaFlorida Times-UnionView Original Article The USS Orleck will soon begin a journey from Lake Charles, La., that could eventually bring it to Jacksonville. Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association One of the most-decorated post-World War II ships in...

Salute to Veterans Run 5k 2021

Sunday, November 13, 2021 8:00 AM The Salute to Veterans Run (S2VR) Run/Walk presented by VyStar has become a Jacksonville time honored tradition and longest running Veterans Day 5K in Jacksonville with this being the 10th Year.  The legacy of the S2VR has positioned...

Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association will proceed with moving USS Orleck after City Council votes to support.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE10 August 2021 Download The Press Release Jacksonville, Florida – The Jacksonville City Council approved the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association’s (JHNSA) plan to move the naval museum ship, the former USS Orleck (DD 886) to Jacksonville....

Meet The USS Orleck DD-886

  • Named after Lieutenant Joseph Orleck, Commanding Officer of USS Nauset , killed in action on 9 September, 1943 during World War II, & posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
  • Gearing Class Destroyer, keel laid in 1944, launched on 12 May ‘45, & Commissioned 15 September, 1945.
  • The “Top Gun” of Vietnam, fired 11,000+ rounds earning the nickname ”Grey Ghost of the Vietnam Coast” & netting an astonishing 14 battle stars throughout the war.
  • In the Korean War become the charter member of the “Train Busters Club” and received 4 battle stars during the war.
  • Received updates to original hull frame that included: ASROC (Anti Submarine Rocket launcher) & DASH (Drone Anti Submarine Helicopter system).
  • Awards included: Navy Unit Commendation, Battle ‘E’, China Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, National Defense Medal (multiple awards), Korean Service Medal (multiple awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (multiple awards), Vietnam Service Medal (multiple awards), Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, & Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
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