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USS Kidd volunteer wins prestigious award

"Beef" Lewis in 1951 (Source: USS Kidd Museum) "Beef" Lewis in 1951 (Source: USS Kidd Museum)
"Beef" Lewis receiving his award in 2015 (Source: USS Kidd Museum) "Beef" Lewis receiving his award in 2015 (Source: USS Kidd Museum)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A USS Kidd Volunteer was awarded a prestigious award on Thursday.

Frank "Beef" Lewis was given the Bos'un Marvin Curry Award for his volunteer work aboard the USS Kidd. Lewis is a Korean War veteran as well as a retired engineer. He has volunteered with the Kidd since 1997, and performs maintenance every Thursday. He also finds new recruits during his leisure time golfing.

Ship superintendent Tim NesSmith gave Lewis the award on the ship's gangway. “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.”

Lewis won one of five awards given to Kidd staff and volunteers by the Historic Naval Ships Association and 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.”

More information on the USS Kidd can be found at their website www.USSKIDD.com

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