Smithsonian Channel reenacts Vietnam tragedy aboard LST 325
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Smithsonian Channel climbed aboard LST 325 to film an episode of “Combat Ships,” honoring LST 1167.
Officials say the LST 1167 was attacked during the Vietnam War.
LST 325 board president John Tallent says it brings attention to the difficulty of portraying war stories through film.
“You can convey with visual images that leave the viewer with some idea of what happened,” said Tallent.
Tallent was serving in Vietnam when the attack happened in 1968. Aboard the neighboring ship the U.S.S. Sphinx, he said it could’ve been much worse.
“A lot of it was explosives and ammunition,” Tallent said. “And if it had gone up it would’ve been, not quite a nuclear explosion but it would’ve been really really bad.”
Tallent recalled the morning and aftermath of the attack.
“But they were able to, excuse me... their damage control efforts were successful in keeping the ship afloat,” Tallent said.
Although it endured the damage and was repaired, it still left a mark. 26 lives were lost on the morning of November 1, 1968.
“It was the greatest single incident loss in the Vietnam War,” said LST 325 Board Member Chris Donahue.
Tallent says for him, LST 325 is more than just a lesson on World War II.
He says it may be the site of the Smithsonian’s latest episode, but it’s a reminder of the sacrifice that he and so many others made to their country in a time of need.
“I have a great affinity for this ship, it’s also a piece of my history,” Tallent said. “They were successful in their damage control, even though it killed 29 men God rest their souls”
There is no confirmed release date for the episode.
This is the second time the LST 325 will be featured on The Smithsonian Channel.
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