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    Normandy Assault Craft - Omaha Beach - USS LST-325. LST-325 was commissioned in 1943. She was a Landing Ship Tank with a special keel and protected propellers and rudders that allowed the ship to remain upright when beached. LSTs revolutionized amphibious warfare as they could head directly to a designated beach and unload tanks, vehicles, cargo, and troops directly onto the shore without requirement of docks, piers, and wharfs. Over 1,000 LSTs were built during WWII for use in all theatres of the conflict.

    The ensign of the LST-325 is a 36" X 60", 48-star, cotton bunting, double applique, sewn stripe flag finished with a canvas header and two grey metal war-time grommets. The ensign is marked, "CAPT. "MOISER RAIDERS" 48 TRIPS NORMANDY LST-325" and makers mark for "5315 3X5 SAMPSON BUNTING," a trade mark of the Collegeville Flag Co., of Collegeville, PA. The term "Mosier's Raiders" is a reference to the Captain of the USS LST-325, Lt. Clifford Eugene Mosier, who commanded the ship at D-Day.

    Duty on an LST was not glamorous. The ships were purposely built without amenities, not pleasant to look at, and tasked with a dirty and dangerous job - to land on opposed enemy beaches. Additionally, the designation LST was given a pejorative meaning by both crews who manned and troops conveyed on LSTs, "Large Slow Target." It is a tribute to Lt. Mosier's leadership and his ability to take the 7 officers and 104 ratings, who met as strangers in 1943, and became a crew with an identity of their own, "Mosier's Raiders."

    After convoying across the Atlantic, the LST-325 participated in Operation Husky, the liberation of Sicily and Operation Avalanche, the landings at Salerno. On D-Day, she landed 59 vehicles, 30 officers, and 396 soldiers. She returned with wounded casualties. She would spend the next several months carrying supplies to Normandy, making 48 round trips. She transited to New York in 1945, was decommissioned in 1946 and placed in reserve. In 1964, she was transferred to the Royal Hellenic Navy where she was rechristened the RHS ΣΎΡΟΣ (Syros), after the Greek island, and would serve until 1999. In 2000 she was purchased by USS LST Memorial, Inc., and is now a museum ship, home-ported in Evanston, Indiana.

    For her WWII service the USS LST-325 was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.

    Condition: The ensign of the LST-325 is in good condition. It is used, worn and soiled, but otherwise complete.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

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