Title: World War II Naval Ship to Visit Charleston
Location: Haddad Riverfront Park
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Description: We will be sailing for the Kanawha River on August 26th and will return to Evansville Indiana September 23rd. Below is our cruise plan. The USS LST 325 will be open for tours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the dates specified.
The LST (Landing Ship, Tank) is an amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores. They were invented for World War II but have been used in the Korean and Vietnam Wars for their abilities to manuever in small waterways, and to beach and retract off enemy shores.
The USS LST 325 was commissioned in February of 1943 for World War II. She has been to Africa for practice, participated in the Inavasions of Sicily and Salerno, Italy, returned to England for more training and was at Omaha Beach for D-Day on June 6th, 1944. The USS LST 325 made 44 trips from England to French beaches between 1944 and 1945 delivering prisoners, supplies, and wounded. Later she made her way to the arctic for Operation SUNAC in 1951. She was transferred to the Greek Navy in 1964 and served their sailors for over 30 years before being retired. The USS LST 325 was saved from the scrapyard when 29 men sailed her back to the U.S. and created this fully operational museum ship.
Start Date: 2013-08-30
End Date: 2013-09-03