The USS Orleck, based in Lake Charles, is hosting Field Days next week. The purpose of the Field Days is for volunteers to help in the restoration and maintenance of this beloved war ship.

The USS Orleck DD 886, is a decorated US Navy, Gearing Class Destroyer and has served in places such as Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. The USS Orleck Naval Museum has been named the Official Vietnam Memorial Museum Ship of the State of Louisiana.

Restoration and preservation of history is a major factor in the purpose of Field Days. This is an opportunity for the general public to come out and work on the ship. Whether you are a military veteran or a student who would one day like to join the military this would be a great opportunity to experience what life is like aboard a Naval Vessel. But just because you haven’t served or do not plan to serve in the military doesn’t mean you can’t volunteer.  This is an opportunity for everyone.  Age and experience are not a factor. If you can work, you are welcome to come out.  If you can use a mop or a paintbrush, we need you. If you are a welder, plumber, or electrician, or any other type of skilled laborer and would like to volunteer your time your help would be greatly appreciated.

This is a great way to honor or military veterans and the sacrifices they have made for our freedom.

There is a $30 fee which includes meals and lodging aboard the ship.

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