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LST-325, Jeffersonville IN, Aug 2009

LST-325 (Landing Ship Tank) visited the Louisville area at the end of August arriving in time for the American Legion National Convention. She sailed up the Ohio river from her home port in Evansville, IN. There were 1,051 built and over 70% were built on the Ohio and Illinois Rivers.

LST-325 was launched on October 27, 1942, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The ship operated in the North Africa area and participated in the landings in Sicily and Italy. Also participated in the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach. LST-325 made more than 40 trips back and forth across the English Channel.

She returned to the United States in March 1945. was decommissioned in 1946. She was sent to Greece in 1964 and was in use until 1999. She was then purchased and returned to the United States in 2001.


Stats
Launched:
October 27, 1942
Displacement:
1,625 to 4,080 tons
Length:
328 ft.
Beam:
50 ft.
Design Draft:
(light) - 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
(sea-going) 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
(landing) 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
Speed:
12 knots
Range:
24,000 miles at 9 knots
Power Plant/Propulsion:
2 - General Motors 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Capacity:
20 - Sherman tanks at 30 tons each
300 - troops
Fuel Tanks:
190,000 gallons
Fresh Water:
100,000 gallons
Crew:
7 Officers, 104 Enlisted Men
Armament:
2 - Twin 40mm gun mounts
4 - Single 40mm gun mounts
12 - single 20mm gun mounts
Boats:
2 - LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) or Higgins boat

Ohio River, bridges and LST[_pan]
[Pan] Ohio River, bridges and LST[_pan]

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Ohio River bridges and downtown Louisville