The USS Oriskany is scheduled to make its final voyage out to sea Monday.
If weather allows, tugboats will carry the famed aircraft carrier 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola where it will be sunk Wednesday as the world's largest artificial reef.
Tourism leaders are counting on it to resurrect Pensacola's diving and sport fishing industries by luring tourists from around the world.
But for thousands of others with intimate memories of the warship, the Oriskany's 210-foot plunge to the ocean floor means more.
Thirty-two pilots lost their lives flying off the Oriskany in Vietnam. Two Oriskany pilots are still listed as missing in action.