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Anchors aweigh for LST 325 as it gets underway for summer tour

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An Evansville staple will be missing from the Ohio River's horizon for the next few weeks.

The LST left for its summer tour Monday morning, the veterans on board were quick to prepare the ship and it was anchors aweigh promptly at 8.

Our 14 News crew made it with just enough time to get a shipside interview with one of them.

Ron Wolfgang, a US Army veteran tells us there will be about 40 crew members on board as the ship sails up to Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia.

It will be gone for 3 weeks and will also stop at Madison, Indiana and then finally, Owensboro, where it will make it in time for the air show on September 21 and 22.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will then hop on board for the final leg of the trip.

Wolfgang tells us the LST's annual trips are important not only as a part of it's mission to be a floating museum, but also as a source of revenue and he says which ever city they visit, there is always a warm reception.

"Anything from applause to tears, a lot of tears," said Wolfgang. "The other thing that is noteworthy is that generational families that come on board. From great grandfathers, to grand fathers right on down the line to newborns," he said.

The ship is scheduled to be back on Monday, September 23. It will be open for tours and its regular hours.

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