1103 – National Vietnam War Museum starts new project

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Dr. Jim Messinger stands alongside the Captain’s Gig which belonged to the Destroyer USS Semmes, (DDG 18). The vessel has become part of a restoration project at the National Vietnam War Museum. Lance Winter Weatherford Star-Telegram

Episode 1103 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will highlight the latest project being undertaken by the National Vietnam War Museum. The Museum is beginning the task of restoring a donated captain’s gig. It is a vessel that was utilized during the Vietnam War Era aboard the Destroyer USS Semmes.

Lance Winter (lwinter@star-telegram.com) of the Weatherford Star-Telegram wrote a story about the announcement that appeared in The Weatherford Star Telegram titled: Restoration project begins on Captain’s Gig at National Vietnam War Museum. In his story it was noted that Dr. Jim Messinger, the treasurer of the NVWM, stated in the announcement the Museum is not just a tribute to Army aviation and its role in the War. He went on to say: “We intended to follow our mission statement which is to promote an understanding of the Vietnam War Era while honoring those that served.”

Listen to episode 1103 of the podcast and discover the whole story about the National Vietnam War Museum’s latest project of restoring the captain’s gig that was used on the USS Semmes for many years.

The Museum needs your help to continue its mission of helping the nation remember the Vietnam War and its veterans.

If you would like to donate time, money or even parts restoring the Captain’s Gig, contact Ron Chandler at 817-223-8926. Or email questions to: legionpost163@aol.com

Make checks payable to The National Vietnam War Museum, P.O. Box 1779, Weatherford, TX 76086 and indicate on the check that your donation is to be applied to the Captain’s Gig fund.

 Donors will be recognized as follows:

▪ Captain for a donation of $5,000.

▪ Be the OOD (Officer Of the Deck) $2,500.

▪ Or Master Chief Petty Officer for $1,000.

All donors will be recognized with a memorial sign near the restored boat.

Of course any amount will be accepted for the Museum, just be sure to send a note with your donation that specifies funds are for the Captain’s Gig if that is your desire.


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