Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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September 4, 2013

Tours of WWII ship to begin today

ASHLAND — The LST 325, a World War II amphibious craft and one of the last remaining ships of its type still operational, is spending five days in Ashland, where it will be open for tours each day.

The ship will be open at the riverfront landing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, today through Monday.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6 through 17. Those 5 and younger are free, and a family pass good for two adults and two children is $20.

Group tours also may be scheduled by calling Edna Horner at the Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at (606) 329-1007.

The self-guided tour includes the main deck, troop berthing, mess deck, galley, wheel house, officers’ quarters, captain’s cabin and stern armaments.

Visitors will enter the belly of the ship through the massive bow doors through which it disgorged tanks and troops on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

The vessel is owned and operated by the nonprofit LST Memorial Inc., and serves as a living memorial to other ships of its kind and their crews. Of more than 1,000 built during the war, it is the only one still operable.

It was rescued from a Greek scrap yard in 1999.

In addition to the LST 325, a Vietnam-era river PBR river patrol boat, which used LST ships as home bases in the Mekong Delta, will also be in Ashland. Two landing craft attached to the side of the LST 325 are also operational and may give demonstrations.

 

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