USS Chickasaw Exhibit

The “USS Chickasaw” exhibit is now open in the Holisso: The Center for the Study of Chickasaw History and Culture.

This exhibit features items donated by the men who served on the USS Chickasaw, a Milwaukee-class ironclad vessel commissioned in 1864. A state-of the-art warship during World War II and the Korean War, the USS Chickasaw housed 138 men, including officers and enlisted personnel. It was the first of three U.S. naval ships named for the Chickasaws and was commissioned over 150 years ago.

Included in the exhibit is a scale model of the USS Chickasaw by Robert Takat –who served on the vessel from 1956-1960.

The model is 1/48 scale and made of over 1,000 parts, many fabricated by hand.

The scale model took more than 18 months to build and depicts the ship circa 1960.

Other items on display include Uniforms courtesy of the Military Memorial Museum at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Chief Petty Officer Uniform:

Sailor Uniform:

Service Dress Khaki Blouse with Lieutenant Junior Grade shoulder boards and collar insignia:

It is a great honor to host this wonderful exhibit and share with our visitors the service and sacrifice of our veterans. 

Next time you are on campus be sure to stop by the Special Collections Room!

Anowa chipisala' cho!
(Until I see you again!)