19 OCT 16 / 1247 Hrs
The LST-325 cruise mission to Cape Girardaue, Mo and Vicksburg, Ms was a big success. We had 66 WW II veterans to show up at the LST for a free tour of the ship at these ports. Each veterans was given Red, White and Blue ribbon with a WW II style dog tag, that stated WW II Veterans, Thank You For Your Service LST-325. This was given at the LST bow door to each WW II veteran who came aboard the ship. Got to hear a lot of great war stories and it was an honor to meet and know them. We had a good deal of school students groups take a tour of the LST and they got some history they don't get in school. I hope they have a better understanding and respect for what the WW II Greatest Generation did for them. All of us should be very proud of a LST-325 cruise mission done very well. Take care. SARGE
Sarge, Here in Columbus, Indiana for three weeks. Arrived here just as LST 325 left to go South. Just not able to get to Evansville this week before we fly out for home this Saturday.
Been watching with great interest and delight Her journey South and so sad not to be able to see her in the flesh !
My lovely Grandad was on LST 429 and LST 430 during WW2. Grandad sadly passed 20 years ago now and I only found out his Royal Naval records just a couple of years ago. My grandad would never talk about his time at war ( Jan 1940 to January 1946.
Would have loved to see and speak to all the hero's that visited LST 325 about their experiences and memories.
Thank you so much to these great men and women who gave us the life in which we all enjoy today.
Thank you to all, who have restored and saved LST 325 for future generations.
Hopefully, maybe I will be able to visit America again and hopefully Evansville too.