New old gun at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston

New old gun at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston
Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

When Lewiston-Auburn Veterans Council Chairman Paul Bernard heard that the naval air station in Brunswick was closing, he began to make phone calls, submit petitions and meet with several commanders of the base to inquire if they would be willing to donate a piece of naval equipment for the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston. After being told yes, then no on several occasions, his dream was finally realized last Thursday when this 23,000 pound, 51mm gun was delivered to the park. The gun, from a WWI or WWII war ship, was formerly on the base next to the chapel. It is believed that it is from one of three ships: the USS Nevada, the USS Florida or the USS Olympia. The serial number has been painted over so many times that it will take some time to remove the paint to verify which vessel it came from. Presently, he is looking for volunteers to help restore the gun. To volunteer, contact him at laveteranscouncil@megalink.net.

New old gun at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston
Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

When Lewiston-Auburn Veterans Council Chairman Paul Bernard heard that the naval air station in Brunswick was closing, he began to make phone calls, submit petitions and meet with several commanders of the base to inquire if they would be willing to donate a piece of naval equipment for the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston. After being told yes, then no on several occasions, his dream was finally realized last Thursday when this 23,000 pound, 51mm gun was delivered to the park. The gun, from a WWI or WWII war ship, was formerly on the base next to the chapel. It is believed that it is from one of three ships: the USS Nevada, the USS Florida or the USS Olympia. The serial number has been painted over so many times that it will take some time to remove the paint to verify which vessel it came from. Presently, he is looking for volunteers to help restore the gun. To volunteer, contact him at laveteranscouncil@megalink.net.

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NEXT

Hay did you hear that someone from the council is looking for a old tank to ? And on top of all it is going on the Auburn side . how fun

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Yeah restore it by getting it

Yeah restore it by getting it so they can find the serial numbers to find out which ship it was on. Not restore it so it can be used. As for your comment you are truly something, aren't you from Auburn? Why don't you worry about what happens on that side of the river (which should keep you busy enough) and not Lewiston.

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