It wasn’t quite the D-Day invasion, but there may have been some battles over parking spots as hundreds of people visited the LST-325 while it was docked at Ingalls Harbor in Decatur last week.

The LST-325 was commissioned on Feb. 1, 1943, and served in the European Theater. It was part of the invasion forces at Sicily, as well as Normandy, France, for D-Day. LST-325 made 44 trips

between England and Normandy during D-Day.

But last week, the battle-seasoned WWII landing craft was docked in the River City so folks could experience, firsthand, a piece of history. Volunteers from The USS LST Ship Memorial Inc. guides give tours of the ship while it tours around the United States allowing everyone to get a taste of what it was like for Soldiers and sailors who landed on the beaches of France on D-Day.

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