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Evansville's LST-325 Remembers D-Day 77 Years Later

On June 6th, 1944, thousands of Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. Men from the United States, UK, France, and Canada made up the largest seaborne invasion in human history.

Posted: Jun 7, 2021 12:14 AM
Updated: Jun 7, 2021 7:44 AM

USS LST-325 remembered Operation Overlord on Sunday, 77 years later.

On June 6th, 1944, thousands of Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. Men from the United States, UK, France, and Canada made up the largest seaborne invasion in human history.

An event that is significant to Evansville’s own LST-325.

As a decommissioned tank landing ship of the United States Navy, LST-325 now sits proudly in Evansville as the last WWII configured LST still in operation today.

However, this ship has quite the story to tell.

77 years ago on Sunday, LST-325 was aiding in the war efforts on Omaha Beach in France. The ship carried battle-ready tanks, troops, and supplies onto the shore.

A day that cost the lives of many and a turning point in American history.

Chris Donahue, Assistant Secretary on the USS LST Ship Memorial Board of Directors says, “Omaha being the bloodiest, probably 3,400 casualties there. That's where this ship was, so a whole lot of history on this ship. It's a unique piece of history and it survived.”

Several people walked the historic desks of the LST-325 on Sunday, taking tours and walking among WWII history reenactors and military vehicles. The Hudgens family took a tour of the ship in honor of D-Day.

“I have family that served in WWII, so we wanted to come out and learn about the ship today. I think being here on D-Day was meaningful for us knowing that we had family in the area that served. It's great to see the ship kept up like this,” the Hudgens’ said.

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