Web Producer: Brad Maglinger
Bristol-Myers/Mead Johnson workers break a champagne bottle against a new wall, just like workers at the Evansville Shipyard used to do to the bows of new LSTs.
As a chief petty officer in the Navy, William Alsman served on one of the Evansville-built LSTs in the Pacific Theater during World War II. One of his favorite memories was sleeping under the gun tubs. He has spoken of it many times over the years and someone who was always listening was his son, Mead Johnson nutritionals president Randy Alsman. Randy helped make the new LST wall a reality.
"I owe my Dad a great deal," Randy said. "And I think our country owe him and his generation a great deal. If we can return some of that this way, all the better."
William Alsman says as nice as they are, the pictures of the LST can't really do it justice. He described it as like, quote, "Nothing that you've ever been before."
People will get to see the colossal structure that is the LST as it makes its way up the Ohio River next month. Some Bristol Meyers employees may be watching in their new fitness room that overlooks the river and houses the LST Museum. A workout room that employees will have access to 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Bristol-Myers employee Greg Tuck said, "It's got this beautiful architecture. You've got the panoramic view of the Ohio and all the history that's involved in the site. It's going to be really neat to work out here."
A fitness center mixed with a warship museum. Not what you'd expect to see under one roof, a structure that is designed to look like one of these very special LSTs.