WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue October 2, 2012
World War Two Era Ship Runs Aground in Kentucky
The Associated Press reports that a cargo ship which once carried tanks in the D-Day invasion has run aground in a river in western Kentucky. U.S. Coast Guard officials received a report Monday night that the LST-325 became stuck in the Cumberland River as it was headed back to Evansville, Indiana.
Coast Guard Lt. Dan McQuate says the vessel traveled outside the channel and got stuck about nine miles above the Lake Barkley Lock and Dam. He says officials are waiting for a salvage plan from the crew of the ship before they attempt to move it.
According to McQuate, there have been no reports of damage to the ship. The vessel carried soldiers and vehicles to Omaha Beach during the June 6th, 1944 Allied invasion of France. Omaha Beach was the site of some of the most difficult fighting that took place on D-Day.