The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is pleased to announce a new traveling exhibition now displayed on the Roy Lowell Memorial Exhibition Wall in the Museum’s Annex Building. Wyoming Navy features photographs and information about ships named for Wyoming’s people and places. On loan from the Fort Caspar Museum, the exhibit contains 26 panels with photos and history of 40 U.S. Navy craft beginning with the earliest ship in 1900, up through ships that are in service today. The type of vessels featured range from simple tugboats to a nuclear-powered submarine capable of launching multiple nuclear missiles.
Fort Caspar Museum staff along with a Casper College museum studies intern researched the ships and have included information about the shipyards where vessels were constructed, the dates they were commissioned and decommissioned, crew and armament sizes, and missions in which they were involved during both times of peace and war.
Among the ships featured in the exhibit is the USS Eisele which was named for George Raymond “Spud” Eisele, a Gillette-born sailor who was killed in action on November 12, 1942 during the naval battle at Guadalcanal. On display with the exhibit is the christening bottle used by Mrs. George A. Eisele, Spud’s mother, to launch the ship on June 29, 1943.
Wyoming Navy has toured the state in the past few years and was sponsored in part by Casper Memorial VFW Post 9439 and Auxiliary as well as the Fort Caspar Museum Association.
The exhibit will be on display at the Campbell County Rockpile Museum (900 W 2nd St, Gillette, WY) from Tuesday, October 12th until Friday, December 31st.
An exhibition opening event will take place on Thursday, November 11th with exhibition viewing beginning at 5:30 p.m. Have you ever wondered what life aboard a ship was like? At 6:30 p.m., Museum Volunteer and Retired Navy Chaplain Bob Brown will guide guests through the exhibit, share history of some of the ships, and help attendees gain a better understanding of the work, living conditions, and sacrifices of those who serve aboard U.S. Navy vessels. Chaplain Brown will share his experiences aboard USS Detroit (AOE-4) from 1981 to 1984 including daily routine, eating and sleeping conditions, and some of the hardships and benefits of Navy life. The exhibit will close for the evening at 8:00 p.m.