World War II Naval Ship to Visit Charleston, West Virginia

08/09/2013  |  Lindsay Gardner

Charleston, W.Va. - The United States Ship (USS) Landing Ship Tank (LST) 325 will dock at Haddad Riverfront Park on Aug. 29 – Sept. 3, 2013. This is a rare opportunity to see the only fully intact and operational LST in the United States.

Charleston, W.Va. - The United States Ship (USS) Landing Ship Tank (LST) 325 will dock at Haddad Riverfront Park on Aug. 29 – Sept. 3, 2013. This is a rare opportunity to see the only fully intact and operational LST in the United States.

Used during World War II, this historic vessel was at Omaha Beach on D-Day and made 44 subsequent trips across the English Channel.

A total of 1,051 LST ships were produced and frequently used during World War II, Korea and the Vietnam conflicts. Each had the unique ability to carry heavy battle tanks, soldiers, fuel and ammunition, as well as deposit cargo onto hostile land. The USS LST 325 was one of the first of its class to be built and serve in three European campaigns - Sicily, Salerno and Normandy. 

With a strong military history, landmarks and historic memorial sites, Charleston is a natural fit for the ship’s visit. Memorial sites such as the West Virginia Civil War Memorial, the West Virginia Veterans’ Memorial and the West Virginia Female Veterans’ Memorial Statue are all located within minutes of Haddad at the state Capitol.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the USS LST 325 is truly a piece of world history. This is the first time an ocean going U.S. Naval ship of this type will travel the Kanawha and visit the metropolitan Charleston area since they were observed traveling down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh to New Orleans and the open sea during World War II.

Public tours will be available 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults or $5 for children under 17.

Visit us on line at www.charlestonwv.com.
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