Operation LST D-Day a Huge Hit

Operation LST D-Day a Huge Hit

Joined: December 18th, 2004, 5:09 pm

June 9th, 2008, 1:39 pm #1

The 3rd annual Operation LST D-Day was held this past weekend on the LST complex at Marina Pointe in Evansville.

This event is sponsored by Atlas Van Lines, United Bank, and the USS LST Ship Memorial.

Re-enactors come from all over the Midwest to participate in the two day event, which is held to honor those who participated in the Normandy Invasion, and indeed to honor all who have fought for our country.

A special thanks goes to LST Memorial member Master Sergeant (ret.) James Goodall. This event was Sarge Goodall's idea back in 2006, and Sarge does all the work recruiting re-enactors and coordinating the battles. It is because of Sarge that we have this event.

Also thanks to ship's cook Joe Lewin who did yeoman's duty feeding the nearly 200 troops on both Saturday and Sunday, along with his galley team of Fred and Sandra.

Bill Spurling donated the flyovers of his T-6 WW2 aircraft. This was new this year and went over big. Thanks, Bill.

Thanks to Larry Hahn who always chips in and helps with the tough chores.

The office ladies deserve a hug for staying cheerful through a sometimes chaotic weekend with people constantly coming and going and needing help.

The best tour guides in the world were there for the ship as always, and LST Memorial member Ron Riecken always helps greatly with this weekend.

And last but certainly not least, THANK YOU to all the re-enactors who came from far and wide. These men (and some women) spend their own money -- most shoot off hundreds of dollars in blank cartridges let alone incur travel expenses -- for a cause they believe in -- honoring those who served and teaching young people about history.

Below is a newspaper article and a slide show put together by the Evansville Courier & Press:

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/j ... t-to-life/



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Joined: June 27th, 2005, 1:26 am

June 9th, 2008, 11:47 pm #2

Glad to hear you had another great re-enactment. We had hoped to come down. Guess we may have been stranded somewhere between if we had set out. We've never seen flooding like this around here & never in 22 years have we had water rapidly racing across our backyard as well as along the sides with the streets & sidewalks flooded & racing like a roaring river. The rain gauge here said 11 inches! 1st it was the tornado that hit around Camp Atterbury doing over $20 Million in damage to the post, then it hit some other areas as well. It was unbelieveable how heavy military equipment was tossed into shapes that were just a heap of metal.
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Joined: October 18th, 2005, 9:36 pm

June 10th, 2008, 2:30 am #3

The 3rd annual Operation LST D-Day was held this past weekend on the LST complex at Marina Pointe in Evansville.

This event is sponsored by Atlas Van Lines, United Bank, and the USS LST Ship Memorial.

Re-enactors come from all over the Midwest to participate in the two day event, which is held to honor those who participated in the Normandy Invasion, and indeed to honor all who have fought for our country.

A special thanks goes to LST Memorial member Master Sergeant (ret.) James Goodall. This event was Sarge Goodall's idea back in 2006, and Sarge does all the work recruiting re-enactors and coordinating the battles. It is because of Sarge that we have this event.

Also thanks to ship's cook Joe Lewin who did yeoman's duty feeding the nearly 200 troops on both Saturday and Sunday, along with his galley team of Fred and Sandra.

Bill Spurling donated the flyovers of his T-6 WW2 aircraft. This was new this year and went over big. Thanks, Bill.

Thanks to Larry Hahn who always chips in and helps with the tough chores.

The office ladies deserve a hug for staying cheerful through a sometimes chaotic weekend with people constantly coming and going and needing help.

The best tour guides in the world were there for the ship as always, and LST Memorial member Ron Riecken always helps greatly with this weekend.

And last but certainly not least, THANK YOU to all the re-enactors who came from far and wide. These men (and some women) spend their own money -- most shoot off hundreds of dollars in blank cartridges let alone incur travel expenses -- for a cause they believe in -- honoring those who served and teaching young people about history.

Below is a newspaper article and a slide show put together by the Evansville Courier & Press:

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/j ... t-to-life/


I personally want to thank Tom Price for the LVT ride and for allowing the ship to bring him and it to Evansville to be a part of D-Day re-enactment.

Tom told the story of meeting an LVT driver from the war and related how much it meant to the veteran to come to visit the ship and the delight that ensued in seeing the LVT tied up to the barge. I am not sure that the family ever got him to settle down after seeing it. Only due to his health was he unable to ride in it, Tom offered but the gentleman's family did not think they could safely get him into the vehicle. The gentleman stood on the barge for a good 45 minutes to and hour talking about driving an LVT during the war.

Tom I say thank you to you but after meeting your wife I am sure she also needs a THANK YOU!!! And a Thank you to Ned and his wife for bringing the LVT to town.
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Joined: October 18th, 2005, 9:36 pm

June 10th, 2008, 2:40 am #4

The 3rd annual Operation LST D-Day was held this past weekend on the LST complex at Marina Pointe in Evansville.

This event is sponsored by Atlas Van Lines, United Bank, and the USS LST Ship Memorial.

Re-enactors come from all over the Midwest to participate in the two day event, which is held to honor those who participated in the Normandy Invasion, and indeed to honor all who have fought for our country.

A special thanks goes to LST Memorial member Master Sergeant (ret.) James Goodall. This event was Sarge Goodall's idea back in 2006, and Sarge does all the work recruiting re-enactors and coordinating the battles. It is because of Sarge that we have this event.

Also thanks to ship's cook Joe Lewin who did yeoman's duty feeding the nearly 200 troops on both Saturday and Sunday, along with his galley team of Fred and Sandra.

Bill Spurling donated the flyovers of his T-6 WW2 aircraft. This was new this year and went over big. Thanks, Bill.

Thanks to Larry Hahn who always chips in and helps with the tough chores.

The office ladies deserve a hug for staying cheerful through a sometimes chaotic weekend with people constantly coming and going and needing help.

The best tour guides in the world were there for the ship as always, and LST Memorial member Ron Riecken always helps greatly with this weekend.

And last but certainly not least, THANK YOU to all the re-enactors who came from far and wide. These men (and some women) spend their own money -- most shoot off hundreds of dollars in blank cartridges let alone incur travel expenses -- for a cause they believe in -- honoring those who served and teaching young people about history.

Below is a newspaper article and a slide show put together by the Evansville Courier & Press:

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/j ... t-to-life/


The River City Thunderbolt MVCC an MVPA chapter had a successful vehicle display during the D-Day event. Saturday we had 5 vehicles of various years and wars and on Sunday we had 4 vehicles on display.

Our thanks to Sarge Goodall for inviting us to be a part of this great event.

We were there to talk to everyone we could and to promote the upcoming 2009 Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA)International Convention.
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