WWII LST-325 Landing Ship to visit Brandenburg
September 18 @ 9:00 am - September 21 @ 5:00 pm
The LST 325, a Landing Ship Tank, a 328-foot long ship will dock in Brandenburg, KY. It will be available for tours Sept. 18-21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
These ships could carry 20 Sherman tanks in the giant hold within the ship. They were the only ships ever made that could go anywhere in the world and deposit their cargo onto a hostile beach and then go get another load. On the main deck, they could also carry 30-40 trucks, tons of fuels, ammunition or supplies to soldiers. The LSTs were used during World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam conflicts. This ship, LST 325, was in the invasion of Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. It was also at Sicily on July 10, 1943.
The LST 325 was one of the first to be built and it is the only operational LST in the United States. It was built in Philadelphia, PA by the U.S. Navy Shipyard. Other ships were built on the Illinois River at Seneca, IL, on the Ohio River at two shipyards in Pittsburg, in Jeffersonville and Evansville, IN. Hundreds of these ships sailed on the rivers on their way to the Gulf of Mexico and to WWII. These shipyards were able to complete a ship every five days. Workers, welders, and equipment installers then boarded these vessels and completed the ship while it was en route down the Mississippi River. 1,051 LSTs were built in a little over three years. These United States never lost an invasion once the LSTs were designed, produced, and could land the big tanks right on the beach.
The Meade County Chamber Commerce, Meade County Tourism, MCHAPS, and MCMAC are working in coordination with the City of Brandenburg and Meade County Fiscal Court to plan a large multi-day celebration for the entire time the LST 325 will be in Brandenburg. This will include hour-long tours of the ship by her crew, a WWII reenactment, a concert in the park, food trucks, and vendors. Come out and enjoy this truly unique piece of United States history. Tours are $12 for adults, $5 for children, and free for WWII and Korean War Veterans.
If you or your business would like to be a sponsor for this event please contact Annie Hamilton at the Meade County Chamber of Commerce at 270-422-3626 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please no vendor requests at this time. We will release more information for vendor sign-ups at a later date.