Yesterday I had a chance to visit the LST 325 docked at Ingalls Harbor on the Tennessee River in Decatur, Ala. The LST 325 was a United States military cargo ship that carried troops, vehicles and supplies to the front lines during WWII. The ship landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy during the D-Day Invasion that began on June 6, 1944. The ship made 44 landings during the invasion. The ship was struck from the U.S. Navy Register of ships in 1961. In 1964 the ship was transferred the the Greek Navy and renamed the Syros. The Greeks decommissioned the ship in 1999. The next year the ship was acquired by the USS Ship Memorial, Inc. and was brought back to the United States where it docked at Mobile, Alabama in January 2001. It's home base is Evansville, Indiana and serves a monument and memorial to the men and women who served in WWII. There were 1,051 LST ships produced, mainly by women, during WWII. The LST 325 is the last one known to exist. Below is a slideshow of images of the LST 325 in Decatur. Also included is a historical photo of the ship on the beach at Normandy during low tide.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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