Dead ahead of the bow, dark clouds started to appear as this hero ship pushed through the Meitteranean dark waters. We were insight of the Island of Sicily. Soon I could see streaks of lightning shooting across and down from the now much larger angry clouds. A strong south west wind was hitting us on the port bow, in front of me pelts of rain began hitting the windows on the CONN. The 325 began to roll as the waves grew larger and more forceful swinging the bow to the right when they hit with the help of the gusting wind. Are we back in July of 1943, I asked myself, when this ship was in a similar storm just before it landed at Gela with a full tank deck of Patton's tanks in WW II. We then found out the window wipers did not work!
A true story (not a sea story) about 29 Navy Veterans who traveled to Crete, Greece on their own dime to restore a 58 year old Landing Ship Tank (LST 325) and sail her 6,000 miles back home to the USA.
PICTURES: L.- COVER OF BOOK TOP-L - IMPROMTU PICTURE OF MY CREW
TOP - LST 325 ESCORTING 'OLD IRONSIDES' BOSTON HARBOR 2005