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PLEASE NOTE:  LST 325 is currently at Hook's
Terminal in Chickasaw, AL.  Visiting hours are Monday
through Friday, from 10 am until 3 pm.  Help is STILL
very much needed.  Please call if you can give a hand.

Adults $10, Children K-12 $5, Children under 5 free.

USS LST 325

91 Hardwood Lane
Chickasaw, AL 36611

251-452-3255

Mosier's Raiders:
The Story of LST-325

by Dave Bronson

Directions to the ship

Discount accommodations
for volunteers and visitors

Radio Room Project

An Inside Look: 
Landing Ship Tank

by Michael Smith

 
LST-325 WELCOMES ABOARD
ITS NEWEST POLLYWOG
Posted 31 JAN 05

NAME: Ethan Joseph Smith

RATE: Seaman Recruit

DESCRIPTION: 7 lbs., 4 oz.; 20 inches

DATE REPORTED ABOARD: 28 JAN 2005, 1527 CST

PRESENT SHIP OR STATION: USS LST 325

RECEIVED FROM: Michael and Naomi Smith, USS LST 325

TO All Mermaids, Sea Serpents, Whales, Sharks, Porpoises, Dolphins, Skates, Eels, Suckers, Lobsters, Crabs and Other Living Things of the Sea:

KNOW YE that Ethan Joseph Smith, on 28 JAN 2005 crossed into this World and entered the Domain of Neptunus Rex, has been found worthy to be numbered as one of our Trusty Pollywogs, has been gathered to our fold and duly initiated into the Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep.

     ~ DAVEY JONES
           Secretary to His Majesty

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for enlargements

Naomi Smith is proud
to introduce our new arrival

Michael Smith takes Ethan's
weight and measure


JANUARY PROGRESS REPORT
FROM BILL SPENCER

Posted 30 January 2005
 

Judy and I came to give Bob and Rosemary Ostrander a break.  The Ostranders continue to work on their fundraising, but with fewer day-to-day activities.  Bill Arras continues to work on equipment repair.  They have been joined by 23 others for periods ranging from a few hours to solid weeks. 

On Thursday, fuel was loaded from a tanker truck, and both main engines were started and run for 40 minutes or so, controlled pneumatically from the main engine room and the wheelhouse.  The shafts turned forward and in reverse.  Marine Services has straightened out the control and gauging to align with port and starboard units.  Jim Barlett and Kenny Adams did the trial run and Bill Arras helped in the fuel line piping setup.  We'll need additional fuel for Voyage 2005, but this was a significant start.

Alignment of the #1 and #2 Fire & Flushing pumps and installation of the AC control was completed; Don and Mike Chapman, along with Bill Arras worked on that project.  Now the ship has backup there.  Kenny and Anna have been busy with rust-out repairs, the port Bos'n's locker and adjacent escape hatch, the stern light fixture installation, and the fuel hose storage reel and mount (outside the captain's shower space).  The starboard LCVP suffered quite a bit of damage from Hurricane Ivan.  Kenny and Anna, working with Bill Mueller, spent about 40-50 hours working on the boat, but it's unusable for our East Coast Voyage.  A third LCVP stored up at the Adams' farm is being delivered to the ship next week to take its place.  When the davit was lowered with the old LCVP, it experienced a malfunction, and Collins Lawson discovered the problem.  He and I successfully restored the 1943 Westinghouse breaker and the davit should function normally to load the replacement LCVP.

The stern and bow light fixtures were rebuilt and are being reinstalled; Ron Bezouska and Ben Martin cleaned up the bronze and steel, Bill Arras rebuilt the fixtures, and Kenny Adams and Collins Lawson did the installation.  Collins also has reset the navigation running lights.  The masthead light remains in need of double-filament lamps soon.  Kenny and Anna repaired the stern flagpole when the line broke with the flag dangling.  Chuck Frawley and Bob Ostrander continue the fundraising efforts to inform LST veterans of our restoration efforts.  Bob still needs additional ship rosters' names and addresses as they become available; please send them to him at LST 325, 91 Hardwood Lane, Chickasaw, AL 36611. 

The plumbers Jim Threlkeld and Gay Rudrud have changed the hot water piping for the captain's shower and replaced the "Grecian dry-bowl" with a modern lavatory in the wardroom head.  Bill Arras has gotten the steering gear aligned; when giving tours please be sure the "Wheel" is not engaged as children, young and old alike, like to practice "steering."

As usual, much effort has been invested in main deck and bulkhead paint chipping and cleaning; I counted about 550 pounds of chips loaded into the "lead paint" container; the work was done with three air lines from the Joy compressor on the tank deck, with hammer blades, needle guns, and the trusty hammers and scrapers (especially when the air equipment was being repaired).  All the cleaned areas have been primed.  Crews have included Tom Demster, Jim Marine, and Paul Holler, Ron Bezouska and Ben Butler, and Jim Leib with sons Bob, Doug and Scott.  Captain Bob Jornlin continued tank inspection and work planning, and met with theUSCG last Wednesday to check progress; Jim Bartlett helped with that inspection which was a prelude to the 12 FEB sea trial.

Moving on from this restoration, Ben Butler and I started interior loose paint removal on the 2nd deck crew quarters on Friday.  After we finish the crew quarters, we'll tackle the same in Officer Country, troop berthing, shops, and the tank deck and engineering spaces and trunks.  This is a fire and safety issue, and though it won't be pretty, it's a necessary step.  The to-do list includes restoring open tank covers and securing open deck and tank deck "for sea."  There's still the 3,500-pound stern anchor on the port forward deck. 

While the men were working hard at "noise generation," Lois Jornlin, Marilyn Butler, and Judy Spencer made an inventory count of all the gift items in preparation for the Voyage 2005 trip.  Then all of the items, mostly in plastic containers, were moved to a locked area on the second deck, portside.

And, finally, tours resumed and the traffic has been steady.  Nearly all have been from outside the local area. 

So, take some time and come south.  The weather seems to be warming up just for the things we need to accomplish.

     ~ Bill Spencer

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Kenny Adams, Jim Bartlett and
Bill Spencer greet the tanker driver

The fueling tanker

Ben Butler with hose reel

Kenny Adams working on a light

Bill Arras with his new Merchant
Marine Combat Veteran cap

Marilyn Butler taking inventory

Ben Butler hard at work

Bob, Jim, Scott & Doug Leib

A welcome lunch in the sun:
(from left going clockwise)
Mike Chapman, Bill Spencer,
Kenny & Anna Adams, Marilyn &
Ben Butler, Ron Bezouska, Capt.
Jornlin and Don Chapman sit at
the table, as Lois Jornlin and Bill
Arras stand in the background.

It's terrific seeing Kenny
Adams well and back at work!

Anna & Kenny Adams with
Bill Arras at the fixed flag mount

Ron Bezouska and Capt.
Jornlin inspect the blower


CAPTAIN'S UPDATE
Posted 14 January 2005
 
 
Shown at right:
Capt. Bob Jornlin

The ship is off vacation and all related functions are still going on.  A lot of our volunteers are coming back now.  Dave Spencer and his wife from St. Louis are in charge of the ship.

SEA TRIAL 

We need to get a few things done for the sea trial, which is tentatively planned for Feb 12, 2005. Only crewmembers for the East Coast trip will be allowed on this trial run.  I am sorry but we cannot allow passengers.  The equipment will be tested and key personnel will be evaluated.  I hope to meet with the Coast Guard next week to see what needs to be done.

NEW HOME PORT

Evansville, IN, was selected as our new home port for LST 325.  They hope to be ready by July or August of this year.  This was not an easy decision.  All three of the finalist towns would have made a good place for the ship.  We, the USS LST SHIP MEMORIAL BOARD, spent a lot of hours, visited each city, had several meetings, and with an unanimous decision picked Evansville.  We are all excited, and everyone in Evansville is excited about the ship going there.  I have not had one call or report of anyone not in favor of this choice.  I know the other towns are disappointed in not being selected. 

I had sent letters out last January to a lot of cities.  We did hear from 5 cities by letter or phone or both.  I then continued to hear from individuals in many cities expressing the hope we would consider their city.  Most of these came after we had narrowed it down to the three cities.  Our attempts to get a place by this summer sort of stopped us from investigating every single phone call or letter.  We think the real advantage the LST will have in the Midwest is the fact that it will be the only Navy ship within 500 miles -- nautical or land miles.  We, in essence, will be the "Battleship" and the "ship that won the war!"  We will be in fresh water, and in a central location for the U.S.  We will also be in a good position to take the ship on tour for a month or six weeks, up the Ohio River or down.  We can also reach the Mississippi and go up and down it, plus the Illinois and Missouri rivers.  We can reach the Gulf of Mexico in about 6 days.

The wife and I will be on the ship next Tuesday (the 18th) for a week or two, go back home for a week, then back for the sea trial.  I thank everyone who has continued to work on the ship, off the ship for the ship, and behind the scenes.  The LST 325 is certainly blessed with many great people that contribute in some manner -- money, talent, expertise, labor, advice, time, and just wishing her all their best. 
Thank you all, wherever you are.

     ~ Bob Jornlin, Capt. LST 325
           President, LST Ship Memorial


WE MOURN THE LOSS OF A TERRIFIC FRIEND
Posted 13 January 2005

It's my sad duty to announce the loss of a terrific friend and supporter, Alois Luhr.  Many of you will recall that he was instrumental in making our 2003 River Trip such a success.  He worked with us hand-in-hand to provide us with valuable tug services, and he was very dedicated to that effort.  You may wish to read more about those activities in the July Progress Report.

His family has set up a memorial fund to which contributions may be made:

 The Alois and Twyla Luhr Foundation
 c/o Bethany Miller
 416 Covington Drive
 Waterloo, IL 62298
Please designate that your contribution is on behalf of LST 325.  These funds will be used for scholarships for local high school students interested in the construction industry and related fields.

You can read a local newspaper article about Mr. Luhr by clicking here.

We will truly miss our wonderful friend.

     ~ Bob Jornlin
           Captain, LST 325

XO James Edwards and
Capt. Bob Jornlin discussing
plans with Alois Luhr in 2003
 

One of Mr. Luhr's tugboats
with which he graciously
donated his services


YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR FEBRUARY WORK PARTY!
Posted 07 January 2005

I will be on the ship starting February 1 until about February 19 for an organized work party.  We still have lots to do to "pretty her up" for the 2005 Atlantic voyage, so I can use all your help.  We really accomplished a lot last October, thanks to all of you, and I'm ready to do it again.

We intend to do a shakedown cruise in the Gulf on Saturday, February 12.

If you have any questions, give me a call:

     Home  217-446-1327
     Cell  217-474-3355

I hope to see you all in February!

     ~ Bruce Voges, BMC


 

"Boats" Voges is
welcomed home on
January 10, 2001


EXPRESSING THANKS TO MACROMEDIA
Posted 06 January 2005
Thanks, Macromedia!

Many thanks to Macromedia for their generous donation of the Studio MX 2004 website development package.  This is a very expensive package used by many professional website developers.

To date, this website has been programmed using very old and quite limited software.

Since this new package is quite sophisticated, I'm sure it will take me a while to learn how to use it and get comfortable with it.  It will probably be about a month or two before you start seeing any changes, but this will ultimately result in a much nicer website for LST 325.

     ~ LST 325 WebSkipper


PLEASE SEND US YOUR SUBMISSIONS!
A personal note from the WebSkipper:  I'd like to encourage absolutely anybody and everybody to provide material for this page.  By no means are submissions here restricted to just certain individuals.  The whole purpose of this website (and especially this particular page) is to share information about our LST Memorial with the entire community.  Sitting here 2,000 miles away, I personally don't have a clue what's happening aboard the ship unless somebody tells me.  To date, I've posted absolutely every single tidbit of information that's come my way.  If you have any news to share at all, please just send me an email:  WebSkipper@LSTMemorial.Org -- all of us would be very appreciative, and we all want to know what's going on!
Mosier's Raiders:
The Story of LST-325

by Dave Bronson

Directions to the ship

Discount accommodations
for volunteers and visitors

Radio Room Project

An Inside Look: 
Landing Ship Tank

by Michael Smith


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Archives:

Archive for December 2004:

  • 25 DEC 04 - Proposed Itinerary for Voyage 2005 Now Posted!
  • 25 DEC 04 - LST 325 Flag Papa
  • 15 DEC 04 - Holiday Picture Party
  • 13 DEC 04 - Board Announces Decision
  • 03 DEC 04 - Progress Report from Gary Lyon
  • 03 DEC 04 - Suggestion for Volunteers from Bob Willard


Archive for November 2004:

  • 30 NOV 04 - Update from Ron Maranto
  • 27 NOV 04 - It's That Time of Year ...
  • 17 NOV 04 - Capt. Jornlin is Keynote Speaker at Memorial
  • 02 NOV 04 - Captain's Update
  • 02 NOV 04 - In Time for the Holidays ... Online Shopping in the Ship's Store
  • 02 NOV 04 - East Coast Cruise 2005
  • 02 NOV 04 - Membership Report

 
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Complete index of archives, 2003
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Complete index of archives, 2001
 
Situation Reports from XO Jackson Carter
for the period:  17 JUL 00 - 09 JAN 01  (see below)

 
CDR Jackson Carter was LST 325's Executive Officer before and during the voyage back from Greece.  In addition to his normal duties, he was an avid ham radio operator and enjoyed communicating during his down-time with other hams all over the world.  He also maintained a website for LST 325 which included all of his situation reports, as well as many photographs showing the hard work done in Greece getting the ship seaworthy that site is a must-see for anyone who hopes to understand what it took to bring this ship home.  Most importantly, Mr. Carter was one of the finest human beings one could ever hope to meet.  He passed away just five weeks after finally realizing his dream.  This website now carries on the work and the dream where he left off, and in his memory.  Thanks, Jack ... for being you. 
 
Fair winds!

In Memoriam
Jackson Carter

 

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