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“There’s no telling how many half-tracks, Jeeps, bulldozers, tanks and troops I saw get off that ship,” he said. “We carried a section of troops to Inchon from the Army National Guard at Decatur.”

Anders first served in the Army National Guard at Hartselle.

“My commander told me we were going to be called into active duty in early 1949, so I volunteered for the Navy,” he said.

Anders said he and his wife also toured the LST-325 when it docked on the Ohio River in Louisville.

“We’re looking forward to getting back on the ship,” he said.

Al Bingham Sr., 88, of Decatur, served on LST-921 in World War II.

“A German sub took us out when we were on the English Channel,” Bingham said. “I was up in an English hospital, then they transferred me when they found out I was American and moved me to an American hospital in England to operate. I finally ended up at a hospital in New Orleans.”

Bingham then boarded USS APL-10 in the South Pacific.

“We called it a floating hotel because it had no propellers,” he said. “We would anchor, and it would be used for maintenance and troops. We eventually gave it to the Chinese.”

Bingham’s daughter, Katie Tidwell, of Decatur, will bring him for a tour of the LST-325 on Saturday. Her brother wants to join them.

“I was recently home, but I may get back and make the tour with them,” said Al Bingham Jr., of Atlanta.

Joel Weinbaum, 68, of Decatur, joined the Naval Reserve in 1963 and served 24 years.

“I served on the USS Carpenter DD-825 for more than a year, and spent six months in 1966 going up and down the Vietnam coast on a destroyer,” he said.

He is a keen observer of all ships, including the LST-325. He pointed to the Higgins’ boats on the ship that carried troops ashore, the single and twin 40-mm guns and the rows of boxes that once held ammunition and flares.

“It was quite a ship - flat-bottom like a barge,” Weinbaum said. “It is sitting there at the concrete ramp only three feet deep at the bow.”

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