Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

LST Docks in Mobile At End of Epic Voyage.(Editorial Page)


It was like a Walt Disney movie come to life. A group of aging World War II Navy veterans undertook a dangerous transatlantic odyssey to save the rusting hulk of one of the last LSTs from World War II. The acronym denotes "Landing Ship-Tank," though some who served on them averred the real meaning was "Large, Slow Target."

Built in 1942, the 328-foot LST-325 delivered troops and equipment to the Normandy landing on D-Day. It was decommissioned in 1946, put on loan to the Greek government, and last year faced a trip to the scrap heap.

Enter the pick-up crew of Navy vets, average age 72, who were determined to bring LST-325 back to Mobile, Ala. …

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