Welcome aboard USS LST 393
Walk where heroes walked, right in downtown Muskegon! History jumps out at you from every deck and every corner. Discover LST 393's outstanding wartime record as you tour a nationally renowned veterans museum with artifacts and displays honoring those who served America and fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.
THE MUSEUM IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2023 TOUR SEASON. IT WILL OPEN FOR THE 2024 SEASON APRIL 27.
Get LST 393 gear online!
You can now order your USS LST 393 apparel online. Just click on the link and you can choose from a number of shirts, jackets and even an LST 393 hat. Your items can be shipped to you for a small fee or you can pick them up in downtown Muskegon.
Lucy Sorenson Pape Remembered
She was always the unofficial “first shipmate” of USS LST 393.
Lucy Sorenson Pape wielded the champagne bottle that launched the ship in 1942 in a ceremony at her father’s shipyard. She was so proud she kept the beribboned broken bottle neck almost all her life, only relinquishing it in 2017 when she knew it would be safe in her ship’s latest incarnation, LST 393 Veterans Museum in Muskegon, Mich.
Mrs. Pape passed away from Covid-19 on Oct. 19, 2021. She was 90.
She was just 11 years old on Veterans Day, 1942, when she was selected to perform the traditional christening at the launch of an LST (Landing Ship Tank), one of a fleet of innovative new landing craft that the Newport News, Va., Shipbuilding yard was constructing as fast as possible.
Eventually, 1,051 LSTs would be built in 12 shipyards across America … but LST 393 was hers.
Lucy was given the broken neck (in a net covered with festive ribbons) as a souvenir. It became a treasured possession, displayed prominently in her home.
It is now displayed next to the museum’s other most coveted relic: the American flag that flew over the ship at Omaha Beach on D-Day.
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LST 393’s 2023 Friday Night "Movies On Deck"
Movies on Deck is back for its 17th season, and it will be a blockbuster summer.
The Friday night film series is shown on USS LST 393’s huge screen on the top deck starting right after sunset, around 10 p.m. There is no charge to attend “Movies on Deck” screenings, although donations to help support the restoration and veterans museum are always welcome. Moviegoers should bring their own chairs; popcorn, soda and snacks are available for sale.
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