D-DAY Plus 73 at the USS LST393 in Muskegon

D-DAY Plus 73 at the USS LST393 in Muskegon

D-DAY plus 73 presented by Rolling Thunder and USS LST393 in Muskegon, Michigan – June 2-3, 2017

d-day plus 73The USS LST 393 is one of the last surviving Landing Ship Tanks out of the 1,051 built during World War II. D-Day plus 73 will commemorate the ship’s participation in the Normandy invasion.

All Allied and Axis units are invited to setup camp on the museum lawn or display inside the ship. There are several interactive opportunities for re-enactors; the Bridge, Battery Room, Machine Shop, Damage Control Room, Engine Room, Stern Rudder Room (good size area for presentation), Galley, Galley Stores, Ward Room, Radio Room, Chart Room, Tank Deck and Medical.

Onboard crew quarters sleeping berths are very limited. Reservations taken on a first come basis. Plan on camping on museum lawn.  Shower (original working equipment). Bring your own towel.

This community-wide commemoration of the sacrifices made by America’s heroes in World War II is sponsored by Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 4 veterans support group and USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, a ship that was at Omaha Beach on D-Day 72 years ago for the invasion of Normandy.  All proceeds benefit the museum.

The day will include a pancake breakfast with the Lions, a caravan of World War II era vehicles, a classic car show and a motorcycle run throughout the county that any vehicle is welcome to join.  There will be veteran and military displays, local food vendors, a free kids zone area with games, free tours of LST 393, an aerial display by historic aircraft, a Muskegon D-Day Pinup Contest, “Movies on Deck” Friday and Saturday nights and much, much more!  Call David Johnson at 231-777-1016 for more information.

Vendor space is still available. Contact organizers for more information.

Schedule subject to change

Friday, June 2

  • 2:00 pm  Setup camps
  • 7:00 pm  Swing Dance on Deck featuring Reeths Puffer Jazz Band

Saturday,  June 3

  • 8:00 am  Breakfast
  • Free public admission to USS LST 393
  • Reenactor manned ship stations
  • Mock air raid with the Hooligan Flight Team
  • Movies on deck

Additional links

LST website  http://www.lst393.org/

Muskegon D-Day facebook  https://www.facebook.com/MuskegonDDay/

Visitor’s Bureau  http://www.visitmuskegon.org/

Downtown Map  https://downtownmuskegon.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/muskegon-map-2016-map.pdf

Swing Dance Poster  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6WvsEYtAbQpZE9ZNmZSV1JOTGc/view?usp=sharing

USS Silversides website   http://silversidesmuseum.org

May 12, 2017 / by / in ,

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