Chief selectees to serve as museum tour guides
Forty nine volunteer chief selectees have completed their training to serve, for the second year in a row, as tour guides at the Museum of Science and Industry for the USO U-505 Naval History Program, presented along with the Pritzker Military Library and the museum.
On Aug. 9 and 10 the selectees received training concerning the history and artifacts relating to the U-505, the only German U-boat captured during World War II.
U.S. submariner veterans also provided their knowledge and experience during the two-day training.
The selectees will volunteer at the exhibit from Sept. 4 to Sept. 8 to answer questions and discuss submarine-related artifacts with museum guests.
Located in a 35,000-square-foot exhibit at the museum, the U-boat serves as a national war memorial for those who lost their lives in the two battles of the Atlantic during World War I and II.
“This is an outstanding program on many fronts,” said HMCS(FMF/SS/SW) Roger Buck, senior enlisted leader, director Fleet Medicine, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. “The new selects learn about the heroic capture and transport of the U-505 and get to work alongside submarine veterans and share their new knowledge with museum guests. This program has expanded Navy/CPO presence in Chicago and educated thousands of civilians on naval history and the role/history of CPOs,” the senior chief said.
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