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Remember, Honor, Restore, Educate!

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.

Email:  info@orleck.org                                                                     Phone:  (337) 214-SHIP (7447)
 
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

DD886 Korean War Engagements

Orleck earned four battle stars for action in the Korean Conflict as described in Table 1 below as well as the United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and China Service Medal.

 

Engagement dates

Battle Star

Feb- Apr 51

First UN Counter Offensive: 25 Jan-21 Apr 51

Apr- Jun 51

Communist China Spring Offensive: 22 Apr-08 Jul 51

July- Nov 52

Korean Defense Summer-Fall: 1 May- 30 Nov 52

Dec 53

Third Korean Winter: 1 Dec - 30 Apr 53

 

DD886 Vietnam War Engagements

Orleck earned 14 battle stars for action in the Vietnam Conflict as described in Table 2 below as well as the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam), and Vietnam Service Medal.

 

Engagement dates

Battle Star

Mar 64 - Mar 65

Vietnam Advisory Campaign: 15 Mar 62 - 7 Mar 65

Mar - Nov 65

Vietnam Defense Campaign: 8 Mar - 24 Dec 65

Jan- March 66

Vietnam Counteroffensive: 25 Dec 65 - 30 June 66

Sep 67 – Jan 68

Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase III:1 Jun 67 - 29 Jan 68

30 Jan – 17 Feb 68

Tet Counteroffensive: 30 Jan – 1 Apr 68

Sep - Nov 68

Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase V: 1 Jul – 1 Nov 68

Feb 68 – Jan 69

Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VI: 2 Nov 68 – 22 Feb 69

Mar – May 69

Tet 69 Counteroffensive: 23 Feb – 8 Jun 69

July- Oct 69

Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969: 9 Jun – 31 Oct 69

Nov 69 – Apr 70

Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970: 1 Nov 60 – 30 Apr 70

May 70

Sanctuary Counteroffensive: 1 May – 30 Jun 70

Sep - Nov 71

Consolidation I: 1 July – 30 Nov 71

Dec 71

Consolidation II: 1 Dec 71 – 29 Mar 72

Dec 72- Jan 73

Vietnam Cease-fire: 30 Mar 72- 28 Jan 73

 

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.
 

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 April 2011.