The U.S. Naval Institute is maintaining and preserving the former Naval Historical Foundation website so readers and former NHF members can still access past issues of Pull Together and other content. NHF has decommissioned and is no longer accepting new members or donations. NHF members are being converted to members of the Naval Institute. If you have questions, please contact the Naval Institute via email at [email protected] or by phone at 800-233-8764.Not a member of the Naval Institute? Here’s how to join!

Museum Ship Ex-USS Stewart Looking for Gunners Mates


Ex-USS STEWART and ex-USS CAVALLA in Galveston, TX. Photo courtesy of the Historic Naval Ships Association.


A unique museum ship located in Texas is looking for help. Gunners Mates or strikers are needed to work on the 3” 50’s and 40mm guns on the historic World War II destroyer escort ex-USS Stewart (DE 238) located in Galveston. GM’s unique skills are needed to repair these guns to the point that they can be trained and elevated manually.

The guns of the Stewart are of great interest to the thousands of people who tour her each year. The ability to “man” these weapons and allow them to move will add greatly to their experience aboard Stewart, which is a “symbol of our service”.

Mac Christy ENC USN (RET)
[email protected]

Travel, food and lodging expenses (if needed) are deductible as a charitable expense on federal income taxes each year you volunteer.

stewart guns

Rust and deterioration on the barrels and mounts of ex-USS STEWART guns. Photo courtesy of American Undersea Warfare Center.

Spread the word. Share this post!


  1. Please consider doing a blog for the USS TEXAS. The whole ship is sinking literally where she stands! It is a shame that a Ship that fought 2 world wars is simply going to succumb to Rust!

    With your exposure you can help the TEXAS! Please consider talking to Bruce Bramlett, Executive Director of The Battleship Texas Foundation at:

    Bruce Bramlett, Battleship Texas Foundation
    [email protected]

    Thank you for your consideration on such a noble cause!


    James Hamilton

  2. Howard J Farquharson

    Maintained 20’s 40’s and 5/38’s from 1944 to 1947

Comments are closed.