Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Incredible Voyage Beats The Odds.

Byline: John J. Lumpkin Journal Staff Writer

* Roswell veteran among the elderly crew who sailed a WWII combat ship across the Atlantic

Albert J. White isn't lacking in a certain "what-the-hell" spirit. After all, the 73-year-old Navy veteran just crossed the Atlantic on a World War II-vintage amphibious assault ship, over the objections of the U.S. Coast Guard, State Department and a cranky starboard engine.

White, of Roswell, was one of 28 old sailors who sailed the LST-325 from Crete to Mobile, Ala. The vessel, built in 1942, landed troops on Normandy on D-Day.

The voyage started Nov. 14 and ended Jan. 10.

"I thought that would be quite a good adventure for me at this stage of the game. What the hell," White said.

LST is short for landing ship, tank. More than 1,000 of the 328-foot-long, flat-bottomed vessels carried tanks, troops and supplies onto the beaches of Europe and the Pacific during World War II. …

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