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 Subject: AZ LST Association
Author: Jim Craven
Date:   1/28/2013 6:38 pm CDT
The Arizona LST Association will hold its annual meeting on Saturday at 1200 hours February 2ed, 2013. the address of the meeting place is: 7609 W Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ. Arrive early if you desire to eat lunch. Guests are always welcome.

Scheduled are a few items:
1. Decision to remain in tact and continue on into 2013 - 2014. (Note: My preference is for the association remain and keep moving forward. Perhaps we can open the rolls to all amphib. sailors......)

2. Decision to disband. (Sadly many of the members are of the WWII era with a scattering from the Korean and Vietnam wars. I myself served 25 years starting in 1963 and sailed aboard four LST's)

3. Selection/election of officers.

4. Door prizes will be given. Some lucky winner will take home a model of a Type II LST. The donated 24" hand crafted wood model will be completed and delivered once the winner is identified. (The main hold up will be did his ship have an elevator or a ramp and what hull number did she have?)

Have a great day and if you can, please join us. Let us come together and keep the association marching forward.

Jim Craven

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On May 21, 2005 a monument was unveiled in Seneca, Illinois, dedicated to all the workers, who built 157 LSTs at the Seneca “Prairie Shipyard” as well as all those who served on any LST during World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam. The monument contains seals of the US Navy, the US Coast Guard, the British LST Association, and the sponsoring organization, the Illinois LST Association. The monument contains a sculpture of an LST on top of the gray marble center section. On the two flanking black marble sections are etchings of an LST being launched, an LST beached and unloading its cargo of tanks, and a woman shipyard welder. On the sides of the black sections all 157 LSTs constructed at Seneca are listed The monument stands in Crotty Park in Seneca, on property adjacent to the old Chicago Bridge and Iron shipyard. Approximately 500 people from all over the country and Great Britain attended the dedication. After the dedication, approximately 200 of those in attendance gathered together for a catered lunch. About 27,000 people worked at the shipyard during World War II. A number of those and/or their descendants attended the ceremony. They are rightly proud of their contribution to the war effort, as is the city of Seneca, Illinois, the home of the “Prairie Shipyard”.

During World War 2 there were 1051 LST's (Landing Ship Tank) built to carry troops and supplies to American and Allied troops fighting in Europe and the Pacific theaters. When WW2 ended most of the LST's were scrapped, modified, or given to Navies of other countries. Some remained in service and saw action in Korea, Viet Nam, and even the Cuban Blockade.

A few WW2 type LST's remain in service today, but not in the USA.