What to know before touring a WWII ship at Ross's Landing [photos, video]

Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / The World War II-era USS LST 325 is docked at Ross's Landing Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The ship arrived early Wednesday morning.

The World War II USS LST-325 returned to Chattanooga on Wednesday, Aug. 21, for a week's visit.

Local officials spoke during a ceremony celebrating the arrival of the LST 325.

The landing ship tank (LST) is docked at Ross's Landing and open for tours through Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Thursday, Aug. 22, through Tuesday. Tours last approximately one hour.

Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-17, children 5 and under are free. WWII veterans and Korean War veterans will be granted "head-of-the-line privileges" and free admission. Active-duty military, in uniform with a valid DOD ID card, will also receive free admission.

The LST-325 visits waterfront cities across the United States offering a unique glimpse into history.

Here are some fast facts:

  • The USS LST-325 was launched on Oct. 27, 1942, and commissioned Feb. 1, 1943.
  • It participated in the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944. During WWII, the ship participated in the invasion and occupation of Sicily and Salerno, both in 1943.
  • On Sept. 1, 1961, the ship was struck from the Naval Register of Ships and transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet. In November 1999, by act of Congress, she was given to the LST Ship Memorial Inc.

For more info: http://www.lstmemorial.org.