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Military Sea Service Museum has been selected for the

2020 Best of Sebring Award 



Press Release




Military Sea Service Museum Receives 2020 Best of Sebring Award


Sebring Award Program Honors the Achievement


SEBRING April 9, 2020 -- Military Sea Service Museum has been selected for the 2020 Best of Sebring Award in the Veteran Organizations category by the Sebring Award Program.


Each year, the Sebring Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Sebring area a great place to live, work and play.



Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Sebring Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Sebring Award Program and data provided by third parties.


About Sebring Award Program


The Sebring Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Sebring area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.


The Sebring Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.


SOURCE: Sebring Award Program



Sebring Award Program





                                                                              Large New Display


The Military Sea Services Museum has on display a large model of a World War II U.S. Navy carrier, the USS Enterprise (CV-6).

Museum Curator, Fred Carino, came up with the idea for the model to be used as background for the 25 May 2020  Memorial Day

Observance scheduled to be hosted by the Veteran's Council of Highlands County at the Museum, and as a float in Sebring's

Nov 2020 Veterans Day parade.  Unfortunately, the Memorial Day Observance had to be cancelled due to the Chinese Corona-virus. 


USS Enterprise (CV-6) was the first U.S. Navy ship to sink a Japanese warship when she sunk the submarine I-70 three days after

the Dec 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  USS Enterprise engaged in more major actions in the war against Japan than any other United States ship.  Her aircraft and guns downed 911 enemy planes, her bombers sank 71 enemy ships and damaged or destroyed 192 more,  Because of damage sustained in two Kamikaze attacks in April and May 1945, USS Enterprise (CV-6) returned to the United States as the most decorated U.S. Navy ship of World War II.


The USS Enterprise (CV-6) model is 17 feet long and 42 inches wide, and is in 1:48 scale.  The model was built by Fred Carino,

Chris Carino, Juan Ramirez, Tim Cannon, Eric Heestand, and Micah Marsh.  The 40 aircraft models on the flight deck and in

the hangar bay are also built in 1:48 scale.  The models were built by Sebring High School AFJROTC cadets Ethan Neal and

Frankie Vosburg, Embry-Riddle University AFROTC cadet Micah Marsh, Chris Carino, and former Navy pilot Ken Steel.  Many Museum members, including Mike Borders, Glen West, John Cecil, Eugene "Doc" Savage, Ken Steel, and the late Gordon White provided financial support.


See photos in photo gallery.





Other News:


The flat roof covering a large area of the Museum was damaged by a severe wind and rain storm in March 2018, causing damage to the ceiling in the Museum's library.  The roof was replaced and the WW II era library ceiling was replaced with drywall, textured, and painted in February 2019. The new ceiling made such an improvement to the appearance of the library that it was decided to replace the leak stained WW II era ceiling in the front entrance (quarterdeck) with the same material, texture, and paint. 


New lighting was also installed in the front entrance.  


The new ceilings and lighting upgrades have greatly enhanced the appearance of the Museum building and the hundreds of artifacts and displays therein.


The Museum's next major imporvement project will be to replace the tile flooring in a large portion of the Museum. 


A visit to the Museum is required to truly appreciate this unique Museum.




Military Sea Services Museum Robbed


July 2019.  Sad News!!! The Museum was recently robbed of its lap top computer containing valuable data and many hours of hard work.  We are seeking funds to recover our $500.00 insurance deductable and increase our security.  We are also in need of funds to replace the old, broken and buckling tile flooring in a major portion of the Museum.  If you wish to support our efforts, please send your tax deductable donations to the Military Sea Services Museum, 1402 Roseland Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870.  Donations of any amount will go a long way to help these efforts.  Thank you for your support of these worthwhile efforts.









"Nights at the Sea Services Museum"


Who:  Military Sea Services Museum


What:  "Nights at the Sea Services Museum" - Have you ever wondered how history might have been altered had just one battle gone the other way?  For most of us armchair historians, studying the military history of the United States is usually a solitary pursuit.  Now, however, using the resources of the Museum Library and the internet, our organization will host informal discussion groups on topics that should stimulate analysis through reading and research by participants and perhaps lead to a better understanding of historical events.  Propounding  your own theory on why things worked out the way they did or debating how this or that leader made the right or wrong decision should make good grist for the discussion mill stone.


Where:  The setting will be the Museum Library where coffee and light refreshments will be served free of charge.  Address: 1402 Roseland Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870 (one mile east of Sebring High School).



The October 2018 through April 2019 discussions were a great success.  Nearly 30 people attended each monthly discussion.  All were pleased and went away more aware of our Country's history.  All the participants are eager to start another series of history discussions.


If possible, these sessions may start again this winter.  Keep tuned for additional info.



For additional information and a list of reference material for each discussion, please contact the museum at 863-385-0992.


Come on out and enjoy a lively discussion at The Military Sea Services Museum, 

"Where history comes alive!"





Monthly Dinner Announcement


The monthly Sunday dinners at the Museum will be take out until further notice.


The Museum will provide take out meals for members and guests.  Donations will be accepted.  Additional information will be provided to local members prior to each dinner.






At 1400 on the fourth Sunday of every month except November and December

the Museum has a fund raising dinner. 


All Museum members and their guest are encouraged to attend.


Please contact John Cecil if you plan to attend at:


(863) 385-2270


Florida Charitable Organization Registration #CH33043




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