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USS SHANGRI-LA (CVA-38, CV-38, CVS-38)

Most of you have seen the USS. Shangri-La
Museum on the USS. Hornet in Alameda, CA.

(or at least photos of it)

Here is some great news! The Museum has been torn down, re-built and
moved to a new location.

It is now much better and more accessible. The new Museum is located on
the
2nd deck Starboard side at Frame 155 to 160. It is just aft of number 3
elevator.



Here are some photos to let you know what our
new Museum looks like now and what it looked like before Allen Elston
started work.

 

 

(NOTE: I will be adding
or modifying this page as
I receive more information from Allen)

 

 

 

   ABOVE IS WHAT THE COMPARTMENTS
LOOKED LIKE BEFORE WORK WAS STARTED.
HERE IS THE COMPLETED PROJECT.
LEFT SIDE OD
COMPARTMENT
RIGHT SIDE OF COMPARTMENT

   WHAT A GREAT IDEA FOR USING BUNK
FRAMES AS DISPLAY BOARDS

CLOSE UP OF BUNK FRAME AND   TOP OF
SIGN IN PODIUM

HERE IS ALLEN HARD AT WORK

PUTTING THE DISPLAY STANDS TOGETHER
DISPLAY CASE WITH DONATED
ITEMS
BUNK FRAME AS DISPLAY BOARD
MUSEUM
SIGN
MORE DISPLAYED ITEMS
PATCHES, LIGHTERS ETC.
SILVER FROM OFFICER’S MESS
MORE ITEMS ON DISPLAY
SHELLBACK CIRTIFICATES
ETC.
SIGN IN DESK

Here is Allen’s story.

I was told on Friday April
14, 2006, while I was down there for my  normal Docent Shift, that
we
were given this space. The other half of the berthing space ( which
is larger) was given to the Lake Champlain CVA-39.  So I measured
up
the space, and came home and laid it to scale on graph paper.  The
following Tuesday Tawny and I went down and took apart one of the
cases, they came apart just like you said they would. We brought the
parts down to the hanger deck and out on number 3 elevator to the
scissor-lift to the dock and loaded them into my Ranger pick-up.
I had
determined that I would have to cut 3 of the cases down to 7ft 6in and
the fourth one to 7ft even to make them fit.  So we brought it
home and
cut it down and made a Prorto type table to fit the case.  Painted
everything including the case.  We took it back the following
Tuesday
and set it up in the new space.  Then we went up the the parachute
locker and took apart 2 more cases and brought them home.  We cut
them
down and I built the 3 remaining tables plus a small one for the metal
locker.  It took 2 trips to get the 2 cases and the four tables
down
there in my little pick-up.  So it took from April 14th to May
21st to
do all of this and the fourth case.  We then left for the 2006
Reunion In Michigan City.  I showed the pictures at the business
meeting.  When we returned from the Reunion I
had the 2 Shell Cases that Bob Hayner had given me, he got them from
someone else. So I used them for the legs on the podium for the
guest
book.  I also made up the 2 photo boards that I mounted in the
Rack
Frames.
  I SAY
THIS IS A JOB WELL DONE. AND A BIG THANK YOU
GOES OUT TO ALLEN ELSTON AND HIS WIFE TAWNY.

 

 



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