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‘The USS Helena’ to be discussed at next history dinner

Gary Barker will discuss “The USS Helena” at the Last Chance Gulch Corral History Dinner meeting on May 15 in the Natatorium Room of the Delta Hotel (former Colonial Inn) at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m.

Reservations are required by May 9. Email your reservation to (preferred method) or call Honey Richardson at 406-475-3406. Meal choices are Montana steak sandwich or classic chef salad. Leave a message with your name and phone number plus your choice of meal. You will receive a confirmation by May 10.

Recounting the stories and oral interviews of fellow Naval veterans, Gary Barker’s keynote presentation will highlight the history of the four USS Helenas in more than a century of American naval service, support and connections to the city of Helena. The name “Helena” was given to a Navy gunboat in 1894 and continues today as a nuclear submarine.

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Barker, a retired U.S. history teacher and Helena native, served on the USS Helena CA-75 and is an active member of the USS Helena Organization.

Anyone interested in Helena history is welcome.

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