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Where did the book title come from?

August 4 2010 at 6:53 PM
Brolly  (Login dave101tlhs)
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In the past Ive been asked where did I came up the title, Mosiers Raiders. The story goes that during one of the early crew reunions back in the 1980's in North Dakota, Don Martin asked a friend to come up with a song about the LST-325 and to include some of the things the crew experienced during the war. This is that song, and the inspiration for the title of the book.

OUR LST-325
(To the tune of Oh Susannah)

We left from New York Harbor, all aboard the LST,
On to Oran, North Africa, and the shore of Tripoli.
How it stormed out by Bermuda, the weather it was sad,
The chow went down, the chow came up, the smell of beans was bad.

Our raids at night out for supplies, they were a sight to see,
One time a box of shoes we got, size 12 Double E.
A wine keg was Trautweilers find, one night in old Algier,
It took awhile to stop the shakes of Ernies front and rear.

(Chorus)
We're Mosiers Raiders; oh what a sight to see,
We've come a long, long way from home aboard our LST.

Old Boats would say those A-rabs are not at all like me,
And we dont like Old Hitler a-running Germany.
We sailed around big Sicily, were bombed by Italy,
But the old tub kept on going, to England by the sea.

Friend Salty had to paint the deck, Barish said one day,
He grabbed a swab to do it with; it was the fastest way.
He finished up in no time flat and went on liberty,
His swab was seen beside the ship, a sinking in the sea.

(Chorus)
We're Mosiers Raiders; oh what a sight to see,
We've come a long, long way from home aboard our LST.

A ham came from the storeroom with Busby's help one night,
With Frenchys bread to put it on, Tom Combs had a delight.
He fried it in the engine room, at 1 or 2 or 3,
A fright the Captain gave to him, but he said, Make one for me.

Oh, Chop-Chop, Ziggy-Ziggy sailor, get your rears in gear,
Was the normal sound aboard our tub that everyone would hear.
The engines must be polished; the bulkheads need a scrub,
That is how we spent the time aboard our favorite tub.

In June of Nineteen Forty-Four, D-Day was finally here,
The ships, the sweeps, the mines, the men, the memories are still clear.
Our trips across the channel were many day by day,
And when it was all over, to God above we pray.

(Chorus)
We're Mosiers Raiders; oh what a sight to see,
We've come a long, long way from home aboard our LST.


Looks like we could add quite a few more verses to this now, as the 325 has definitely been even more so "a long, long way from home"... a long long way from home and back again.

 
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