Tour the USS LST-325 Tank Landing Ship
Published On February 15, 2018
USS LST-325 is a tank landing ship of the U.S. Navy, now decommissioned and stationed at Evansville in Indiana. The ship is named after its hull, as was the norm at the time for such class of vessels. The standard of naming ships after parishes and counties of the United States was not established until July 1955. LST-325 is presently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Docked at 840, LST Drive, it is one of the prime attractions in the Evansville/Henderson area.
There are hour-long tours at the LST Memorial with the last one starting at 3 p.m. The tours usually cover the expansive main deck, tank deck, troop berthing, mess deck, stern including guns & anchor, galley, wheel house and cabin of the captain. There are three sets of stairs up and down during the tour. You can take photos and ask questions during the sixty-minute tour. You should wear comfortable shoes, ideally walking shoes. Women should avoid wearing heels. If you are visiting in summer, make sure you carry a bottle of water. There is a gift shop where you can grab one. If you are visiting in winter, wear warm clothing. Plan your visit according to the available tour timings as there is no self-guided tour. You can reserve a group tour for a minimum of ten children or adults. You can call Evansville Visitor Center on 812.421.2200 or 1.800.433.3025 for more information.
LST-325 was in service from October 27 in 1942 till 1999. It set sail for the first time from Philadelphia in Pennsylvania to North Africa. It participated in multiple invasions, at Sicily, Salerno, and Gela before being a part of Normandy Landings. The ship ferried fifty-nine vehicles, thirty officers and almost four hundred enlisted men on just the first trip. She brought back thirty-eight casualties on her way back from France to England. LST-325 embarked on forty such voyages including to and fro trips, ferrying thousands of equipment pieces and men across the channel. The ship played an instrumental role in liberating Europe. She returned to the U.S. in 1945 and was decommissioned in July 1946. She was commissioned again in Military Sea Transportation Service, National Defense Reserve Fleet and finally in Hellenic Navy from 1964 to 1999.
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