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Leahy replica ship arrives, is put into case at county museum

The arrival of the replica of the USS Leahy was a long-time coming and was delayed a bit longer due to the government shut down. (Photos by Jeff Forward, Hampton Chronicle).

The long-awaited delivery of a replica ship named after Hampton-native and pioneering military hero Admiral William D. Leahy arrived last week and was put into place at the Franklin County Historical Museum.

     The replica ship – 1/48th scale of the real USS Leahy – is the centerpiece of the Admiral William D. Leahy Exhibit in the Franklin County Historical Society Museum at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. The exhibit also includes several historical items such as Leahy's desk from his days working in the White House, his Navy uniform and a Four-Star Commander flag.

     Steve Deike, who is involved in the Leahy Memorial Committee – the group constructing the exhibit – said it was awesome to finally have the replica ship on hand and in the museum.

Read the full article in the Oct. 30 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.