Another treat is the USS Marlin SST-2, not the biggest boat in the fleet, but it does give you an appreciation for the Sailors that went to see on them, talk about claustrophobia. The sub has a door cut into the side of the to allow people to board, a necessary evil, as I can't imagine many visitor crawling down the hatch.
Freedom Park is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Greater
Omaha Military Historical Society, a non-profit organization, to gather
and exhibit equipment and memorabilia from the pages of naval history from
World War II through the present. Displays are constantly being added to
and enhanced. Freedom Park is dedicated 'In honor of those who served,
in tribute to those who perished, in gratitude to those now serving'. Along
with the Ships there are a number of aircraft and weapons mounted around
the park, for closer inspection including Shipboard rocket launchers, 1.1
inch Anti-aircraft gun, Captain's gig from missile destroyer USS Towers
DDG-9, 30,000 pound anchor from the USS Wasp CV-18 and many others in their
Anchor and Propellor Garden, 5 inch 38 Gun Turret, ASROC Missile Launcher,
and a Douglas A-4D Skyhawk to name a few. There is also a nice picnic space
available for groups to get together. So if you are stuck in the middle
of the continent and can't drive to one of the coasts, then plan a trip
to Omaha and visit the next best thing.
THE LSM-45 WAS REMOVED FROM FREEDOM PARK AND IS NOW LOCATED AT THE MARINE CORPS MUSEUM OF THE CAROLINAS IN NORTH CAROLINA. This Tank landing craft was only recently acquired from Greece and still bears some of that countries markings.
Here is an update on the park from Bill Lee:
The City of Omaha Parks and Rec. Dept now runs the park and we do not charge admission and we have days that we give guided tours of the ship.
The park is open from: May 15 - Sept 15 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and from Sept 16 - May 14 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Guided tours are available Friday-Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm.
Special tours can be arranged by calling 402-444-5955 or emailing. Please call about a week in advance to set up an
appointment for a tour. We have a big page with hundreds of pictures on facebook. Many of these pictures were taken with modelers in mind.
Take Abbott Drive from downtown Omaha to Seward
Street (stop light) or the Storz Expressway from the north. Turn east onto
Seward where you see the Freedom Park U.S. Naval Museum sign. Then
take an immediate left onto Freedom Park Road and follow to the park.
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