I had lived in Evansville, Indiana, all my life and had never been on board the USS LST-325

I was born in Evansville and had called this city my home all my life.

I managed to leave at some point on a gap year to travel.

But, I never wanted to stay anywhere else. My adoptive parents were delighted to hear I wanted to go to a local college and join the family business. We ran an AC repair and maintenance service that was doing quite well. My dad had begun the business years back and continued to be one of the most reliable HVAC suppliers in the city known for its brutal winters. Last summer, I had some time off work and school and decided to go on a city tour. A friend had been telling me about her escapades and places she never knew existed. I grew curious and began to become a tourist in my own home. Armed with a tour guide book, I set off one morning and found myself in line to board the USS LST-325. It was such a marvelous experience since it was a fully operational World War 2 vessel. How had I not been there before? Once inside, we all got a guided tour of the massive interior, and I saw several military buffs jumping for joy. I opted to pay more for an individual tour since I didn’t do too well in crowds. The guided experience lasted an hour, and I got to see lots of well-preserved World War 2 military weapons, documents, and pictures. We went to the main deck plus the sleeping quarters, where the soldiers would get a moment to rest before resuming their duties. I stopped at the gift shop on my way out and got some lovely World War 2 merchandise for my family and me.


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