Muskegon veterans museum asks public to help with fixes

Associated Press

Muskegon — A veterans museum housed inside of a World War II-era warship moored at a Muskegon dock is seeking volunteers to help with repairs.

The USS LST 393 Veterans Museum at the Mart Dock is hosting a three-day volunteer fixup weekend from Friday through Sunday, The Muskegon Chronicle reported.

Though the ship always requires routine maintenance, it’s badly in need of repairs after it suffered damage in a windstorm in December. Wind gusts of up to 61 mph caused the ship to move unexpectedly, damaging its walkways, plumbing, railings and paint.

“We have a lot of projects we need help with,” said Scott Grant, the museum board’s president. “If you’re handy with tools or even if you’ve never had one in your hands, we could use your help.”

The museum is trying to recruit volunteers who are skilled in welding, landscaping, painting, general cleanup, carpentry and metal working.

Volunteers will be provided with equipment, food and a place to sleep.

During World War II, the LST 393 earned three battle stars for participating in the D-Day Invasion and the invasion of Sicily, Italy, in July 1943.

The LST ships were built by the U.S. for the war effort. They’re often considered the war’s most important landing craft because of their ability to carry tanks to shore.

The LST 393 made 75 voyages to foreign shores and covered about 51,817 nautical miles in its first three years of service, according to the ship’s website.

The ship is credited with carrying thousands of soldiers, vehicles, prisoners of war and casualties.