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    Normandy Assault Craft - Omaha Beach - USS LST-325. LST-325 was a Landing Ship Tank, commissioned in 1943. Duty on an LST was not glamorous. The ships were purposely built without amenities, not pleasant to look at, and tasked with dirty a and dangerous job - to land on opposed enemy beaches. Their special keels and protected propellers and rudders allowed them to remain upright when landing.

    LSTs revolutionized amphibious warfare as they could head directly to a designated beach and unload tanks, vehicles, cargo, 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; so many that they were never given names and were identified by their hull numbers. Additionally, the designation LST was given a pejorative meaning by both crews who manned and troops conveyed on LSTs - "Large Slow Target."

    The ensign of the LST-325 is a 45" X 66", 48-star, cotton, printed starfield, sewn stripe flag finished with a canvas header and two metal grommets. The ensign is stamped on the lower hoist, "# 4X 6 Feet Style A" and on the upper hoist is stenciled, "LST 325."

    The captain of the USS LST-325 was Lt. Clifford Eugene Mosier, USCG, who commanded the ship at D-Day. It is a tribute to Lt. Mosier's leadership, and his ability to take the 7 officers, 104 ratings who met as strangers in 1943 and became a crew with an identity of their own. In lieu of a ship's name, they became "Moiser's Raiders"

    During WWII, LST-325 convoyed across the Atlantic and 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. She was decommissioned and placed in reserve in 1946. 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: This cotton ensign of the LST-325 is in good condition. It is used, worn, soiled and faded, 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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