Restored WWII Navy ship is topic of Tuesday night lecture

Restored WWII Navy ship is topic of Tuesday night lecture

On Tuesday night, Nov. 15, the Brentwood Library is hosting a lecture on the LST 325, a World War II Navy Ship.

The ship landed tanks, troops and equipment directly on the beach in North Africa; Sicily, Italy; and at D-Day on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. The LST 325 is the last of this class of ‘Hero Ships’ that still operates under it’s own power and is cared for by an all volunteer crew.

It is home ported in Evansville, Indiana and can be toured there. It just completed its 2016 good will tour, visiting Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Vicksburg, Mississippi. The ship was saved from destruction by Captain Robert D. Jornlin and a volunteer crew who traveled to Crete, Greece and literally saved it in the scrapyard there. These men, on their own expense, made the Old Gray Lady seaworthy again and brought it back to America in 2001.

Presenting the lecture is Karl Plitt, a retired police officer, SWAT Medic and a volunteer crew member of the LST 325.

The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B of the Brentwood Library, located at 8109 Concord Road. It is free to attend but registration is required by clicking here.

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Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at

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