Central Texas Heroes: Saving the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk

U.S.S. Kitty Hawk

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Greg Hartigan of Temple served in the Navy during Vietnam.

He was an expert in surveillance on the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Hartigan and others he served with grew an affinity for the ship, one of the oil-fired vessels of its kind still in existance.

In fact he says he's is a member of a U.S.S. Kitty Hawk committee.

But it was decommissioned in recent years and not it's doomed to be dismantled, unless it can be saved and preserved as a museum.

Hartigan and other members of the organization want to purchase the Kitty Hawk and turn it into a museum, allowing people to visit like the U.S.S. Lexington in Corpus Christi.

In fact he said the organization raised the $131,000 necessary to purchase it from the Navy.

But Hartigan says for one reason or another, the sale hasn't been approved.

Now he's trying to look for a way to save it before it's dismantled.

Hartigan says there is already a location designated in Southern California, it's just a matter of approval and logistics.

He's looking for the next step to proceed so the Kitty Hawk can be saved, and he's inviting anyone with information that could help to contact him.

You can call (254) 217-4705.

Hartigan hopes the aircraft carrier that brought him so many memories, can do the same for children and families for years to come.