World War II USS LST 325 Comes To Chattanooga Sept. 11-17

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chattanooga will welcome a piece of history to the downtown waterfront Sept. 11-17.  The World War II USS LST 325 will dock at Ross's Landing for an extended visit to offer tours of the of the World War II Landing Ship Tank. 

LST 325 will arrive the morning of Thursday, Sept. 11, and an opening ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the crew and Bob Jornlin, commanding officer of the WWII LST. 

The USS LST 325 participated in the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944 as well as other invasions and occupations.  It was launched on Oct. 27, 1942 and commissioned on Feb. 1, 1943.  On Sept. 1, 1961, the ship was struck from the Naval Register of Ships and transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet.   In November 1999, by act of the Congress of the United States, she was given to the LST Ship Memorial, Inc.

Tours will be available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.  Tours last 30-45 minutes.  Tickets are adults $10, ages 6-17 $5, and children five and under are free.  A family of two adults and two minor children is $20.  Other armored military vehicles will be on display as well.  

LST 325 now visits waterfront cities across the country to offer a rare glimpse of this piece of history.  



Tennessee National Guard Prepared If Need Arises During Eclipse

From Clarksville to Athens, Tennessee is at the epicenter of next week’s eclipse. With the eclipse comes thousands of visitors, and the Tennessee National Guard is well prepared. Guard Soldiers and Airmen will work with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to support local and state authorities as needed.  "This is part of the Guard’s dual mission, we not only fight ... (click for more)

Rotary District Governor Speaks At Rotary Club Of Chattanooga Hamilton Place

Rotary District 6780 Governor spoke at the Rotary Club of Chattanooga Hamilton Place this week.  Deborah Alexander-Davis addressed the club, discussed upcoming events, and thanked the club for donating over $399,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Ms. Alexander-Davis also provided insights and encouragement regarding the Rotary's focus.   Rotary is dedicated to six ... (click for more)

Excitement Builds As Tennessee Valley Prepares For Monday's Eclipse

Sandra Nicholson, director of the Edu-Care Daycare Center on Signal Mountain, is as ready for  Monday’s  historic solar eclipse as she’s ever going to be. It took some doing, she said, but she has finally enough pairs of NASA-certified solar safety glasses for everyone in her family.  She’s just one of the tens of thousands of Tennessee Valley area residents ... (click for more)

Berke, Hinton Moving To Have City Removed As Trustee Of Confederate Cemetery

Mayor Andy Berke on Friday said he has asked City Attorney Wade Hinton, on behalf of the city of Chattanooga, to file the necessary paperwork "to confirm the city is no longer listed as a trustee of a Confederate Cemetery on East Third Street." Mayor Berke said, “Our action today makes it clear that the city of Chattanooga condemns white supremacy in every way, shape and ... (click for more)

Mayor Invites Civil War II - And Response (17)

I just received an email from the Mayor stating that he filed paperwork to remove the city of Chattanooga as the trustee for the Confederate Cemetery on Third Street. I understand the Mayor's intent was to distance the city from it's racist past and subsequent hate, but I feel like this is an interesting move without much thought of the consequences. The Mayor prefaced his ... (click for more)

Berke Plan To Solve Discrimination Is To Kick Dead Veterans To The Curb

Racism and discrimination is wrong. What is the best way for a parent to teach a child the evils of discrimination? Should the parent demonstrate and repetitively incentivize the proper behavior? Or, would it be more productive to badger the child over and over again for the sins of the child's g-g-g-grandfather who died 150 years ago? Would burning the personal effects of the grandfather ... (click for more)