After being in Evansville filming the LST and D-Day re-enactments for nearly four days, the production crew working for the History Channel has departed.
They were in Evansville shooting film for a History Channel show on LSTs that will be one of a thirteen part series entitled "Hero Ships."
The series is scheduled to begin airing this fall.
It was a demanding time for many. The needs of the film crew amounted to a great deal of work for many of the 325 crew. The bow doors had to be closed and opened for them to film -- a mammouth task. An LCVP had to be raised and lowered from the davits, and much time and effort was spent driving them around in the Higgins boats and LVT. A jeep and trailer had to be lowered down the ship's elevator for filming, and many more tasks were done at their request.
A big thanks and a BRAVO ZULU to Chris Donahue who took on the job of escorting the film crew around the ship and Evansville. Chris spent about twelve hours a day with the History Channel people. Kenny Adams stayed in Evansville a day longer than he originally planned to help with the opening and closing of the bow doors. Pete Crasher, Ray Cashen, and Ed Duncan all went above and beyond the call (Chris and Ed took a day off work Monday to help out with the many needs of the History Channel crew).
I know I'm probably missing someone. Our youngsters, crewmembers Keith Mosby, who just graduated from high school, and Matt Smith (a high school junior) were a big help.
Hopefully the show will do justice to the greatest ships that ever sailed -- LSTs. We'll keep our fingers crossed.