Reenactors to take over WWII warship in Michigan for one day

The USS LST 393 Veterans Museum in Muskegon, Mich. The LST 393 was involved in the invasion of Cecily, Italy, and Normandy, France.


By ANYA VAN WAGTENDONK | MLive.com | Published: July 24, 2020

MUSKEGON, Mich. (Tribune News Service) — If you hear gunshots in downtown Muskegon on Saturday, don’t worry — it could be just “really loud blanks.”

Live fire weapons demonstrations will be part of a day’s worth of World War II reenactments, held aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, the historic warship docked at 560 Mart St. in downtown Muskegon, on Saturday.

Reenactors dressed in authentic period uniforms will perform as soldiers, sailors and Marines, explaining what life, and combat, was like aboard ships like the LST 393.

The event will take place during normal hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tickets at $10 for adults and $5 for students. The last ticket will be sold at 4 p.m.

LST 393 was built in 1942, and was deployed for three invasions during World War II, including at Omaha Beach on D-Day.

That event is considered to be the war’s critical turning point, leading ultimately to the defeat of the Nazis.

The ship was later converted to a cross-lake freighter called Highway 16, sent across Lake Michigan for decades, before being retired and transformed into a military museum.

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The bow of USS LST 393 Veterans Museum.