Meridian Star

New Today

December 12, 2013

Vicksburg museum asks Navy for USS Vicksburg items

VICKSBURG, Miss. — The Old Depot Museum is asking the Navy to loan or donate of items from the soon-to-be decommissioned USS Vicksburg for a display in the cruiser's namesake city.

Museum director Lamar Roberts sent letters to Navy officials including Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in August.

"I think it's a good project for Vicksburg and a good project for the museum," Roberts told The Vicksburg Post (http://bit.ly/1bWUWEE ).

Four warships have been christened the USS Vicksburg. The first was commissioned in 1863 and served as a Union blockader during the Civil War. The second boat to use the name was commissioned in 1897.

The Old Depot Museum is already home to a model of the modern-day cruiser and memorabilia donated by sailors aboard the World War II-era incarnation, including a logbook, photos and 8 mm films, which are currently tucked away in the museum's library.

"The crew had their reunion here several years ago and adopted us as the place where they wanted to keep their archive," Roberts said.

Now, Roberts is waiting for the application process to be completed and the official decommissioning of the cruiser.

"It's a lot of hoops to jump through," he said.

The ship had been planned for decommission in fiscal 2013, but it and two other cruisers of its class were saved by the National Defense Authorization Act. The Navy has not said when the Ticonderoga-class cruiser will be decommissioned, but the Department of Defense has opposed retaining the ship in the naval fleet.

"It's in limbo right now," Roberts said.

If the items, including clocks, flags, and the ship's bell, are obtained, they and the World War II-era memorabilia would be placed into a room on the third floor of museum with models of all four USS Vicksburgs, Roberts said.

"We have the decking of the World War II Vicksburg to deck the floor in there, so you would actually be walking on the deck of the ship," he said.

___

Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com

 

1
Text Only
New Today
Biz Marquee
New Today
Poll

Do you think the city of Meridian should aggressively enforce the city's code enforcement laws on litter, abandoned homes and overgrown lots by issuing tickets and stiff fines?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide