Jan 222014

What follows are some really good interviews conducted

filmed by THE USS ORLECK NAVAL MUSEUM in Lake Charles, LA.

They proceed from the oldest to the most current interview.  Thanks to those who preserved this information.  Let them know that you enjoyed them.


Published October 11, 2013

Kenneth Pinner, who served as engine man on the USS Orleck from 1951-1954, recalls his first days on the ship, his journey up the ladder of duty and his recreational time spent with his shipmates.


Published October 14, 2013

Larry Collins, who served on the USS Orleck from ’61-’64, shares his stories of his time on the Orleck and rebuilding.


Published on Oct 16, 2013

Larry collins shares stories of mess duty, grounding the anchor and watching typhoon waves from the mast of the ship.

Published on Oct 18, 2013

Supply Officer James Cunningham, who served on the Orleck from ’70-’73, shares stories of ‘literal’ bug juice, day to day ship life and civilian life after leaving the navy.

Published on Oct 23, 2013

Gary Peterson, Operations Specialist 3rd Class from ’72-’73, shares stories of his first days on the Orleck and sleeping conditions on the ship.

Published on Oct 28, 2013

Richard Lundh, Radar Electronics Technician on the Orleck from 1949-1952, shares his story of when the ship was shelled by enemy fire.

Published on Nov 8, 2013

Chuck Roy recalls his first impressions of the sip and shares his feelings on what he thinks his service on the ship has done for his life.

Published on Nov 13, 2013

David Gilliam, who served on the Orleck’s sister ship (USS Hawkins) from ’73-’77, shares firsthand experience of powering and the inner mechanics of the ship.

Published on Nov 20, 2013

Ernie Delucchi, who served on The USS Orleck from ’63-’66, shares stories of the wild seas and adventures of the deck of the ship.

Published on Nov 25, 2013

Glenn Walling, who served on the Orleck from ’63-’65, shares his feelings on stepping back on the ship after so many years and the great sense of pride he feels for his years of service

Published on Nov 29, 2013

TJ Platt shares his experience helping to build the USS Orleck and his various duties on the site.

Published on Jan 10, 2014

Gene Petefish recalls his time served in the Orleck’s sonar room as well as day to day food stories aboard the ship.

Published on Jan 17, 2014

Norman Settles, MM2 1960-1963, gives a tour of the living quarters and his actual bunk from the years he served on the Orleck.

Published on Jan 20, 2014

James Eastin, former cook on the Orleck, shares stories of the kitchen and the bumpy rides he used to encounter on the ship.


  2 Responses to “USS ORLECK sailors interviews”

  1. I’ll be visiting the Orleck in Jacksonville. I was on the USS Dyess DD-880 June 1977 to September 1978. MM2 Aft Engineroom & A Gang

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