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Photos of LST 325, Floating Tribute to the WWII Generation

By Gerald D. Swick 
Originally published by World War II magazine. Published Online: October 03, 2012 
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USS LST 325 is a floating veteran, a steel memory that honors the World War II generation. Launched October 27, 1942, it was commissioned February 1, 1943. It served in the Mediterranean Theater and during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, engaged in arctic operations in the 1950s and later was sold to the Greek Navy, where it was L-144 (A/G Syros).

Purchased by USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc., in 2000, the ship sailed 6,500 miles from Crete to Mobile, Alabama, before traveling on to Evansville, Indiana, where it is based today. The ship serves as a tribute to the workers on the home front who constructed 1,051 purpose-built LSTs between 1942 and war's end; to the crews who operated them; and to the fighting men who disembarked from them with tanks, jeeps, trucks and other implements of war. LST 325's home now is Evansville, Indiana, but each year it travels to another city to allow tours of the ship outside its home berth, setting this ship apart from drydocked LSTs.

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In September 2012, LST 325 tied up at the dock at Riverfront Park, Nashville, Tennessee, for several days. The color photos below were taken during that visit by Weider History Group's senior editor for digital media, Gerald Swick. The World War II–era photos are courtesy of the National Archives. For more information on LST 325, visit The USS LST Ship Memorial Website.

(NOTE: After its visit to Nashville and Clarksville, Tennessee, LST 325 ran aground on a sandbar near Kuttawa, Kentucky. The Coast Guard freed it within a few days. Since LSTs were designed to ground themselves on beaches, it is not believed the boat suffered damage.)

Look for a travel article by Tom Wood about LST 325 in an upcoming issue of World War II magazine.

6 Responses to “Photos of LST 325, Floating Tribute to the WWII Generation”

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    [...] ship during World War II and posted the lot on HistoryNet, if you'd like to check them out. Sure hope they can get it off that Kentucky sandbar without too much damage. That's close to [...]

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    MatthewInWisconsin says:

    Kids! Pack your bags! Looks like were heading to Indiana! I've dragged the kids to the USS Alabama in Mobile and to the SS American Victory in Tampa. The LST325 in Evansville will be a piece of cake for them. Love this stuff.

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      Bruce says:

      I live in Evansville In. where the LST 325 is docked. Right now the LST is on its way to dry dock to get needed repairs. You might want to check before coming to see if it is back. They built a large number of LST's here in Evansville along with planes and tanks.
      The drive from Chicago to Evansville is about 5-6 hours.

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    [...] occasionally visits other towns; the editor of our websites HistoryNet and ArmchairGeneral did a photo essay of LST 325 when it visited Nashville in 2012, interspersed with National Archive photographs of the ship [...]

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    kevin reynolds says:

    In the Sept/Oct 2014 edition of the magazine an article on page 13 about The Ghosts of Slapton Sands identifies LST 325 as one of two LSTs' sunk on Ap28 1944 during Day dress rehearsal. This is in error. The LST 531 was sunk but the 325 was not. As We know the 325 is ported in Evansville Indiana and has been since 2001

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    Bryan Richard Nagle says:

    After 15 months theoretical & engineering training as Electrical engineer in the Royal Navy, I was drafted to Singapore in Aug. 1945 to pick up HMLST 382, which we later, passed to The French Navy for Saigon. I was then posted to HM LST 326 for some months, which brought food to Singapore. Finally I was posted to HMLST 3006 Mark 3, British built by Harland & Wolff, and came home on her to Plymouth in 1946, and on to Gare Loch to be laid up & mothballed with many others. My son & Family live in Ellicott City Maryland. We are visiting my Son in April, this year, & hope to visit USS LST 325. Where will she be in April ? I would really love to visit, All our LST's have been scrapped.!!! Hope to hear from You. Bryan Nagle

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