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Sunday, September 7, 2014

LST-325

USS LST-235 sailed into the Decatur harbor on the Tennessee River this week.


The LST-325, now based in Evansville, Indiana, sails on educational tours. Manned by a 45 member volunteer crew, it is quite the sight to see. I have to admit that Marvin went to see the ship and he took all the photos! It was a very hot day and there was quite a line to view this historic ship that landed at Normandy on D Day.

Marvin said that the smart people brought umbrellas for shade. Vendors were selling water for $1 a bottle but Marvin said most would have gladly paid $5!! WW2 vets were the guests of honor and did not have to wait in line to view the vessel.

Old Jeeps and Trucks were also on view. This Jeep had been used on the tv show, MASH.

This truck looks a lot like the one that Marvin's father drove across Europe when he landed ten days after D Day.

Marvin was glad to see so many families touring the ship with young children. We all need to remember that freedom is not free.

Marvin said that the interior of the ship was very warm! But as one WW2 vet said, " A hot ship was better than a fox hole any day!!"

I know several schools are planning field trips to the ship this week while the 325 is docked here. It is neat to see this fine old lady visiting our River City.

4 comments:

Terri D said...

I am pleasantly surprised to see the long line, waiting to board the ship! Does my heart good, that so many are interested. Great photos!

Cranberry Morning said...

I am so glad to hear of this. Young people need to know, as you said, that freedom is not free. I hope some of that sinks in as they view that ship.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That is so awesome! I would love to see that big ship and learn some more about history. We were behind a jeep a couple of days ago and I took a photo of it. It was a Willys jeep just like the one in your photo! Isn't that amazing? Hugs!

Arlene Grimm said...

You ladies are correct...we must never forget!