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1601 River Drive, Suite 110
Moline, Illinois 61265
The last time this vessel visited the Quad Cities was 10 years ago, and it saw over 16,000 visitors when it was here. Tours of the ship will be available daily from August 30 through September 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes. Tour prices are Adults $10; Ages 6-17 $5; 5 years and under and WWII Veterans are free. Group ticket pricing is available. For more information on the ship, visit www.LSTmemorial.org. The ship will be docked on the Mississippi River next to the Isle Casino and Hotel.
The ship is just short of the length of a football field and measures 50 feet across! The LST-325 was launched on October 27, 1942, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The ship operated in the North Africa area and participated in the invasions at Gela, Sicily and Salerno, Italy. On June 6, 1944, LST-325 became part of the largest armada in history by participating in the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach. It carried 59 vehicles, 31 officers and a total of 408 enlisted men on that first trip. On its first trip back to England from France, the LST-325 hauled 38 casualties back to a friendly port. Over the next nine months, Navy records show LST-325 made more than 40 trips back and forth across the English Channel, carrying thousands of men and pieces of equipment that troops needed to successfully complete the liberation of Europe. The ship continued to run supply trips between England and France before returning to the United States in March 1945.
LST-325 is the last navigable LST in operation in the U.S. She is undergoing constant maintenance and restoration, and is in tip-top shape, according to her crew.