I've always heard the tour guides ask those in the tour what ship they served on, what their duties were.. and then take extra time to incorporate items into the tour to make it special for those veterans. If it's someone who served on a later T, they often talk about the differences, sometimes even teasing each other about the improvements.. ("WHAT? You had an evaporator???? No diesel in your drinking water??? An ice cream machine??? Who would have thought it!")
I was very pleased to see, last year during LST Week, those fellows from the AAFA in Evansville. MANY of them said that they would be back, and they were telling their fellow members! (Their Convention 2009 was already set, but they said they WILL be back and that is the main thing.)
Many Korean era Veterans were there - some of them members of the Ohio LST/Amphibs Association. Some sailors that served during peacetime were there - encouraging others to tell their sea tales and telling a few of their own.
The one thing that I've always been told about LST 325 is that the ship belongs to everyone - and that it takes all generations to help in whatever way they are able to keep this Memorial to our Veterans improving. Age doesn't matter, male or female, all that's required is a love for the ship and a willingness to learn. How I have learned!!! How much I still HAVE to learn!!! The Ship looks better and better each time I see her.
Thanks to all of you for all that you have done for me.. but most importantly all of our veterans.