by Justine McGuire,

MUSKEGON, MI – The beribboned bottle neck that christened the USS LST 393 will be part of a display celebrating the ship’s 75th “birthday” this summer.

The ship was christened by an 11-year-old shipbuilder executive’s daughter, Lucy Sorenson Pape, in 1942. Pape has the neck of the champagne bottle to be displayed with other artifacts that mark the World War II ship’s beginnings, and the beginning of its 13th year as the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum.

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