Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The LST and Modern Media

It has taken quite a long time for LST's to receive the recognition they deserved for their vital role in World War II.  The USS LST Ship Memorial is one of the few museums dedicated to these expendable but indispensable ships.  As such, it is certainly the infrequent occasion to see one featured in the media.

And so we became quite excited at the beginning of this week when we were made aware that LST 325, The Last Of The Class, is featured in Call Of Duty: WWII!  Below are included a few screenshots and video from the epilogue.



In addition to our inclusion in COD:WWII, we've also been featured in Eagle Dynamics's Digital Combat Simulator World in their Invasion of Normandy Asset Pack!

But this is not the first time LSTs have had their moments in the spotlight.  My first recollection of LSTs in cinema is from the Invasion of Normandy scene in Saving Private Ryan (1998) with numerous LSTs landing while bombard balloons are being raised into the airspace above.

But it was during this past Summer that it was brought to our attention that you can catch a couple of LSTs in the James Bond film Live and Let Die (1973).  This is probably one of the most detailed looks at an LST that I have observed in any media, save for documentaries about these vessels.  Below we've featured a few shots showing details of one of the LSTs featured in the boat chase scene near the end of the film.  By slowing down and pausing the video at the right time, we have determined that the featured LST is the 571, which was one of the LSTs produced at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron here in Evansville, IN!  For more info about the 571, click HERE for a link to its entry in NavSource.

Thanks to Activision, Sledgehammer Games, and Eagle Dynamics for featuring our piece of living history within your games.  We hope that such exposure to a generation of gamers will help to spread knowledge about the LSTs, the 325, and US history!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Keeping History Beautiful

LST 325 is an eternal work-in-progress, and at 75 years old, that is no surprise.  It takes a dedicated group of volunteers to keep The Last Of The Class operational and looking sharp while we sail.  We have a fantastic member-base at the Memorial that does regular maintenance and restoration work on-board, but we are fortunate to have outside organizations that are willing to donate their time to our cause.
A couple of weeks ago, The Young Professionals Networks Of Southern Indiana Association Of Realtors spent the morning painting on-board.  Pictured below, you can see their work painting and detailing our Higgins Boat and the starboard-aft doghouse.

Thanks to the YPN for all your help!  If you or your organization would be interested in volunteering your services on-board, you can find out more information on our website, or contact our office at (812)-435-8678.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Clarksville Opening Ceremony Schedule Change

Attention Clarksville Visitors!  Due to flooding in the area, the opening ceremony for the LST 325's visit has been delayed.  The new time for the ceremony will be Monday, September 11 at 9 AM.  We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.

The ship will still be open for tours starting tomorrow, September 7th, at 9 AM.  We look forward to seeing everyone, and we hope that you'll be able to attend our belated opening ceremony on Monday!

Goodbye Nashville!

The Nashville leg of the LST 325's Cumberland River Cruise is over.  We would once again like to thank the city of Nashville and all of those who came out to support the ship!
Included are a few pictures of the ship during our stay, as well as shots of our departure from the city.

Keep an eye out, folks!  The ship has arrived in Clarksville, TN, and will be open for tours on Thursday, September 7th starting at 9 AM!  More pictures to follow from our stay there!

Thanks again to Chip Lanham for sharing these wonderful pictures with us!

Saturday, September 2, 2017


We are re-open for public tours in Nashville after the flooding!  Come on down, we are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. now through Labor Day Monday!  Thank you for your patience as we waited for the river to recede. 

Patient visitors lining up as we ready to open after securing the ship.  Courtesy of Chip Lanham

Friday, September 1, 2017

Closed in Nashville due to intense flooding

Due to heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey, the ship is now separated from the shore in Nashville. We are closed today but hope to find a solution to allow visitors on ship!  Please stay tuned for updates.