It was the first Army transport ship that got to Omaha Beach on June 7, 1944. The day after D-Day was still high-stress near the beaches of Normandy.
The ship in front of the USAT General George W. Goethals, the Susan B. Anthony, was hit by a German Torpedo and sank. That's how dangerous it was.
"The Goethals was one of thousands of ships that played a role in D-Day," said Salem Museum Director John Long, "This one just isn't told a lot."
The Salem Museum got several artifacts for the exhibit from the widow of a man on the ship named Lucian Neff. Neff was a Roanoke College graduate, and when he passed away, his wife donated several photographs and one of the ships flag to the museum.
That was around 20 years ago, "We've had several parts of the collection for a while now, but have never put it all out together," Long said.
Also among the artifacts; logs and photographs of the ship, pictures of some of the crew, and local newspaper headlines from the days after D-Day.
The exhibit will remain open through the summer and admission to the Salem Museum is free.