- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Numerous boaters took to the Ohio River to escort a World War II-era troop ship back to its Indiana dock after a three-week cruise for stops in Alabama and Tennessee.

The 328-foot long LST-325 returned to its Evansville dock on Sunday as its annual fundraising trip came to an end.

LST board member Chris Donahue tells the Evansville Courier & Press the ship had some 18,000 visitors in Decatur, Alabama, and 21,000 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Katie Blandford of Evansville watched the ship’s arrival from shore, telling WFIE-TV that her grandfather was a World War II veteran and the LST connects her to his service.

The ship was used to land troops during the 1944 D-Day landings in France and was brought back from Greece in 2001 for restoration.

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