IT is not often that a veteran who landed at Normandy on D-Day comes to town. But over the Labor Day weekend, such a veteran landed at Haddad Riverfront Park.
Landing Ship Transport 325, which ferried 59 vehicles, 31 officers and 408 troops on D-Day, chugged into Charleston, stirring memories for old sailors and educating new generations of Americans.
A group of 60 volunteers salvaged LST 325 in 2000, sailing her from Greece - which acquired her in 1964 - to Evansville, Ind., which the refurbished ship calls home. In the summer, the ship makes trips along the Ohio and other rivers.
Bob Harris of St. Albans saw the ship in Marietta, Ohio, a few years ago and made his plea with the crew to visit Charleston. Harris served in the Navy from 1950 to 1954 and was quite familiar with LSTs.
His dream came true this year to the gratitude of his fellow West Virginians.