LST-325 passes by Keithsburg

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
LST-325 passes by Keithsburg on the Mississippi River Sept. 9.

The USS LST Ship Memorial passed by Keithsburg Sept. 9 in route to Ft. Madison. The ship is making its return trip to Evansville, Indiana which is its homeport.

The ship was originally launched on Oct. 27, 1942 and has traveled throughout the world.  LST-325 arrived in Oran April 13, 1943 and participated in the invasion of Sicily.

On June 6 and 7 LST-325 was part of Force "B" the back up force for the troops going ashore at Omaha Beach.

The ship was decommissioned on July 2, 1946. 

It was reactivated in 1951 for service in Military Sea Transport Service arctic operations.

In 1961 LST-325 was taken out of service again and became part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet.

The ship's story is a remarkable one. It was acquired by the USS LST Ship Memorial Inc, in 2000 and made the 6,500 mile journey from the Greek Island of Crete to Mobile, Alabama.

More information can be found on the ship's website: