Apr 082013

Coming soon-Complete San Diego Reunion Report 

    and details on upcoming fall Bar Harbor, Maine mini-reunion in 2015

USS ORLECK sailor?  Check out the Roster to see if you are on it or if information is correct about you.

(You can correct your information yourself if you have a link to your personal page.

If you do not have this link then send a request for your personal link to link@ussorleck.com.

Any other questions or if you want us to add or correct your information then contact bob@ussorleck.com)

USS ORLECK engages enemy in Korea

USS ORLECK engages enemy in Vietnam

 This web site is dedicated to the men who served aboard the Orleck during its 37 years of service.

Almighty God, ruler of the sea, may thy grace and rich blessings vest upon the officers and men who serve in this ship. Let thy presence and power go with them as they defend their country both overseas and at home. Keep them in Jesus’ name. Amen.

This prayer was written inside the ship’s Bible by Chaplain Thomas Gary Hawkins at the USS ORLECK  commissioning ceremony 1945. This same prayer was read at the decommissioning ceremony in 1982.

 Posted by at 16:41
Mar 252015
DD 886 Field Days 2015  Dave Thornton photo

On March 12-15, 2015 men and women from the Destroyer USS ORLECK DD 886 Association joined with sailors from other ships, men, women and children from the area of her location in Lake Charles with the USS ORLECK NAVAL MUSEUM to hold the first Field Days since the ship was moved there in 2009.  Eighty folks gathered and had a great time joining in the beginning efforts to restore USS ORLECK DD 886 to represent her former time as a Westpac ready Vietnam Gearing Class Destroyer.

If you are interested in keeping in touch on the efforts to restore her click on and want to register for information at                            http://www.ussorleck.com/field-days-e-mail-list-signup/field-days-line-registration/

Thanks to Dave Thornton and Rich Angelini for the photos below of the recently completed Field Days aboard USS ORLECK DD 886 on March 12-15, 2015. Daveis the son of a USS ORLECK sailor, Gilbert Thornton (1950-52) and Rich heads up the restoration of the USS KENNEDY DD 850 in Fall River Mass. The pictures are not arranged but are just random.  Will add more photos as received.

 Posted by at 23:02