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Denise Johnson: A living piece of history

The USS LST 325 is a piece of history that has a permanent home on the Ohio River in Evansville, Ind. It leaves its port for six weeks a year and travels up and down the Ohio as a traveling Museum.

The ship only moves at a rate of eight to 10 miles per hour and travels 24 hours a day when moving between destinations.  The ship is massive in size and is 99 percent of its original state from WWII.

The ship when it is traveling is maned by a crew of 45 Veterans.  They all sleep and eat on the ship during their six week journey.

There are many Veterans on board during your self-guided tour to answer any questions you might have. The stories that they tell you are a part of history that only they would know, the rare kind that will be gone with them.

The USS (landing ship tank) 325 was used in World War II and is the last remaining operational ship in its original war configuration.  It is the largest ship ever designed to place tanks, troops, and cargo onto a hostile beach, then retract off. Only 1051 ships like this were built for WWII and 70 percent of them built on the Ohio/Illinois Rivers.   The ship during the war was maned by 10 Officers and 100 sailors and could hold up to 200 Marines. The haul of the ship would hold 20 Sherman tanks or 16 Marine LVT’S.  It has an elevator to load trucks on the upper deck of the ship.  This ship is considered to be -“The ship that won the war”.

I was in aww of the ship and the living history on board.  If you didn’t get the chance to see it while it was in Cincy, it is worth the time to go check it out 401 SE Riverside Dr. Evansville, IN 47713; 1-800-433-3025; www.visitevansville.com

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