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 Subject: Carolinas LST Beach Bash
 
Author: Buddy LST 1126
Date:   5/8/2012 9:22 pm CDT
The Carolinas LST Association had another Beach Bash Reunion in Myrtle Beach the first part of May. Attendance was good with many traveling many, many miles to attend. We had a Members Meeting and elected officers, had an Auction which netted $256.00. The Auction items were things donated by the membership. Next day we had an entertainer provide a magic show and later after lunch perform a stand up comedy show using some of the members. The nigh out "Dinner" was at Angelo's and the remarks during and after it were very supportive of the restaurant, the food and service. Many were already suggesting we return there next year. I think that's a good possibility. Next year's reunion will again be the first week of May 2013. The Chapter's Scuttlebutt will be out pretty soon with photos and articles. Thanks to all for attending .......... see you next year!!
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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.