MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Allied forced stormed the beaches of Normandy 70 years ago, in the take down of Nazi Germany.
People can tour one of the last surviving D-Day ships in Muskegon.
The USS LST 393 is now docked as a veterans museum.
Dan Weikel, who’s on the Board of Directors of the USS LST 393 museum, put together a special D-Day Memorial that will be unveiled Friday.
Weikel said there were 29 men from Muskegon who fought in the D-Day invasion, about 18 of them died serving in Normandy or some time later in the war.
Weikel said he researched for months, learning their stories in hopes their service isn’t forgotten.
“I hope that it brings people back to the realization of what really happened and what it takes to keep and have what we have today,” Weikel said.
The USS LST 393 was part of the war as well.
The ship made 30 round trips to the beaches of Normandy, carrying everything from tanks and supplies to servicemen and even prisoners of war.
The ship’s original battle flag from D-Day is on display inside the floating museum.
Board President John Stephenson said the ship is one of only two LSTs still in existence, one reason he works so hard to preserve the war stories of the old ship.
“It’s truly an honor because this is a wonderful old ship,” Stephenson said. “She is a terrific piece of history.”
The special D-Day Memorial will be open inside the ship all summer.
You can tour the USS LST 393 seven days a week from now until September.