WWII ship coming to Q
Prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 17 and free to World War II veterans and children 5 and younger. Group tickets are available.
“We’re beyond thrilled to be a part of such a terrific event happening in the Quad Cities,” said Nancy Ballenger, vice president and general manager, Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf. “We believe our location, restaurants and hotel will be a great complement to an already wonderful experience.”
When the USS LST 325 leaves Bettendorf on Sept. 4, it will travel to Chester, Ill. Now docked in Evansville, Ind., the ship is 327 feet, 9 inches long just short of the length of a football field and measures 50 feet across.
The LST 325 is designed to land battle ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores. It was known as LST 325 during World War II, USNS LST 325 during its arctic operations in the 1950s and L 144 (A/G Syros) while it was in the service of the Greek Navy.
Launched Oct. 27,
1942, from Philadelphia, the ship operated in the North Africa area and participated in the invasions at Gela, Sicily, and Salerno, Italy. On June 6, 1944, it participated in the D Day invasion at Omaha Beach, carrying 59 vehicles, 31 officers and 408 enlisted men.
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.
It was decommissioned in 1946 and sent to Greece on Sept. 1, 1964,
as part of the grant in aid program.