USS LST-325

Type: Landing Ship Tank

Launched: October 27, 1942

At: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Commissioned: February 1, 1943

Length: 328 feet

Beam: 50 feet

Draft: 10 feet aft, 3.5 feet forward

Bow door ramp: 14 feet

Displacement: 3,310 tons

Armament: two twin 40 mm, four single 40 mm and two 20 mm.

Address:

USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc.

840 LST Drive

Evansville, IN 47713

(812) 435-8678

Email: webskipper@lstmemorial.org

http://www.lstmemorial.org

Latitude: 37.952517, Longitude: -87.577106

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During World War II, USS LST-325 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the Sicilian occupation in July 1943 and the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. She was decommissioned on July 2, 1946 and struck from the Navy Register on September 1, 1961. She earned two battle stars for her World War II service.

LST-325 was transferred in 1964 to the Hellenic Navy where she served with distinction for 36 years as Syros (L-144). Through the efforts of a group of American LST veterans, she was donated to the LST Ship Memorial organization by the Greek government in 2000. She was sailed by a crew of these veterans from Greece to the United States. The ship departed Athens on November 14, 2000 and arrived in Mobile, Alabama on January 10, 2001. Port calls were made enroute at Gibraltar and Nassau, Bahamas for repairs, provisions and fuel. She arrived in Evansville in October 2005. Volunteers are restoring the vessel to her World War II configuration.

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