Below is a copy of a story in the Sunday, May 21, 2006, Evansville Courier & Press:
WWII battle to hit LST site
By KATE BRASER Courier & Press staff writer 464-7622 or email@example.com
May 21, 2006
The banks of the Ohio River around LST 325's dock at Marina Pointe will be transformed into Omaha Beach on June 10-11 for a re-enactment of the World War II D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944.
During the re-enactment, the LST 325 parking lot will serve as an encampment for German soldiers who will resist the GIs storming ashore from the river. So far, 45 people from several states have signed up to participate in the battle re-enactment, said James Goodall, a retired Army instructor from Utica, Ky., who is organizing the event.
He expects the list of battle participants to grow in the coming weeks.
Goodall said Evansville's setting is especially appropriate because LST 325 was part of the invasion of Normandy. "There's a lot of history on this boat," Goodall said, standing on the deck of the LST on Saturday. "That helps make this even more unique as a site for a re-enactment like this."
He pointed to the steep embankment reaching from the Ohio River to the parking lot and empty field beside Marina Pointe. "The landscape will actually make it look a lot like what D-Day looked like," Goodall said, pointing toward the parking lot. "That steep piece of land leading up out of the water, and then with us setting up the German encampment on top of that hill, it'll look real."
As Dean Bruce, a specialist for the Army National Guard 163rd Field Artillery, stood on board LST 325 on Saturday wearing an authentic World War II German uniform, several of the tourists aboard the ship stopped to snap his picture.
Bruce plans to take part in the re-enactment.
"For some reason this area has got the biggest VFW Post but we've never had this kind of a re-enactment," Bruce said. "I look forward to doing these kinds of educational things."
The D-Day landing will be re-enacted twice on both June 10 and 11, but the times of the battles have not been set, Goodall said.