USS KIDD Ship Superintendent Tim NesSmith presented Frank “Beef” Lewis with the Historic Naval Ships Association’s Bos’un Marvin Curry Award on the ship’s gangway on Sept. 24.
NesSmith nominated “Beef” for the prestigious Bos’un Marvin Curry Award which is given to a museum vessel volunteer or staff member for exceptional service in the areas of interpretation, maintenance, preservation, and restoration. Preference is given to non-salaried employees and volunteers consistently demonstrating competency in their field, a commitment to excellence, and a strong love for their vessel. Lewis, a Korean War veteran and retired engineer, has been volunteering aboard KIDD since 1997. Every Thursday, like clockwork, he drives downtown and spends the day performing a variety of maintenance chores throughout the venerable destroyer. An avid golfer, he also recruits volunteers for the ship on the golf course.
“Beef is a real joy to work with,” said USS KIDD Ship Superintendent Tim NesSmith. “No task is too hard or daunting. There are projects where people say that it can’t be done; at least not inexpensively. Beef finds a way to persevere which means that a non-profit museum like us saves thousands of dollars per year. His positive attitude inspires the entire crew.”
KIDD volunteers have received this award two years in a row: Garrett Lynch in 2014 and now Lewis in 2015. Lewis received one of five awards garnered by KIDD staff, volunteers, and supporters in recent weeks; four from the Historic Naval Ships Association and one from the Louisiana Association of Museums. I’m so proud of “Beef” and excited for all of the KIDD Crew,” said USS KIDD Executive Director Alejandra Juan. “They’re an inspiration to us and deserve to be recognized for all of the hard work and effort they’ve put in over the years. KIDD couldn’t survive without them.”
The Historic Naval Ship Association is a world renowned organization with 188 unique and timeless ships in their fleet. Their mission is to support the preservation of historic naval vessels and to honor those who have served at sea in defense of their nations