Destroyer USS Edson to anchor Navy ship museum in Mich.

The USS Edson, shown in a 2003 photo, is named for Maj. Gen. Merritt 'Red Mike' Edson USMC (1897-1955), who was awarded the Medal or Honor while serving as commanding officer of the First Marine Raider Battalion on Guadalcanal. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

The USS Edson, shown in a 2003 photo, is named for Maj. Gen. Merritt ‘Red Mike’ Edson USMC (1897-1955), who was awarded the Medal or Honor while serving as commanding officer of the First Marine Raider Battalion on Guadalcanal. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

BANGOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – A 418-foot destroyer that’s expected to become the centerpiece of a ship museum in Michigan will be heading to the Great Lakes State next month.

Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum President Mike Kegley says the USS Edson will leave Philadelphia for Bay County on July 18.

The Edson served during the Cold War and the Vietnam War.

It’ll be established as the centerpiece of a floating ship museum on the Saginaw River, near the Independence Park Boat Launch in Bangor Township.

MLive.com says two tugboats will be needed to assist the Edson on the journey west through the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Kegley says it’s expected to take 16 days.

The Navy announced April 24 that it was donating the ship to the museum. The USS Edson was launched in 1958.

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The USS Edson, shown in a 2003 photo, is named for Maj. Gen. Merritt 'Red Mike' Edson USMC (1897-1955), who was awarded the Medal or Honor while serving as commanding officer of the First Marine Raider Battalion on Guadalcanal. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

The USS Edson, shown in a 2003 photo, is named for Maj. Gen. Merritt ‘Red Mike’ Edson USMC (1897-1955), who was awarded the Medal or Honor while serving as commanding officer of the First Marine Raider Battalion on Guadalcanal. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.