Aurora, IN—The LST-325, a World War II-era Navy ship, has docked in Aurora at Lesko Park. The memorial ship will be on the banks of the Ohio River through Monday as the community celebrates its bicentennial,
The ship honors former LST (landing ship tank) vessels and was part of the back-up force as troops landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day in 1944. The ship later made trips carrying troops and supplies between France and England through the end of the war in 1945.
After World War II, the LST saw action during the Cold War and in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. It is currently retired in its homeport of Evansville. And it is the last fully operational World War II ship of its kind.
The Aurora celebration will include a B-25 Bomber flyover and a veterans’ dedication on Sunday afternoon. The boat is docked at the Aurora Riverfront Ferry Landing off SR 56.