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 Subject: Bringing Back a Hero
Author: Capt. Bob
Date:   1/6/2015 11:26 pm CDT
I was pressured into writing a book on the return of LST 325. It took 2 years, almost full time the last year. It is titled 'Bringing Back a Hero' It can be purchased at the office of LST 325, phone: 812-435-8678 or on the ship's web site:
It is the complete story of the struggle to restore and sail LST 325 back from Souda, Crete, Greece. The loss of crew due to 'Father Time', a mutiny, fixing a worn out ship, working against the odds that reached 27 to 1 at the bookie joint in Souda that we would never get it away from the pier! Blocks put in the way by our state dept. Not being able to register the ship as a US vessel -- we sailed it as a Pirate ship some 6500 miles crossing the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean in the winter time. With a crew of just 29, we reached Mobile, AL on time, January 10, 2001. Military or not, young or old you will enjoy this true story of Navy men who would not give up their ship. Full of suspense with a lot of humor mixed in.
Author: Robert Jornlin, Captain LST 325, Souda to Mobile.
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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.