Ok, so imagine a bunch of senior citizens, veterans of WWII, former sailors 60 years ago who went to Greece to pick up this old ship, make it sea worthy, sail it back to the United States and then travel around various places here to show it off. No problem for these fine men.
The tradition of hard work, long hours, hazardous duty and tough men continued in Vietnam with 61 LST’s serving in various capacities earning a total of 395 Battle Stars, 19 Presidential Unit Citations, 48 Navy Unit Citations, and 44 Meritorious Unit Citations; LST's in Vietnam
A number of LST’s served with the Mobile Riverine Forces in and around the Mekong Delta, and it was not uncommon for us to see LST’s in Danang Harbor, in fact, quite often the LST’s would offload material and supplies there which were then loaded aboard our LCU’s destined for the Marines in Hue, Phu Bai, and Dong Ha.
There were many LST’s that served with distinction and several of them received battle damage in various operations during the Vietnam war. Perhaps the best known of these was the U.S.S. Westchester County, LST-1167.
There is more about the “River Ships” of the Brown Water Navy here.
Even today when talking with people, if you mention that you served in the Navy in Vietnam, they ask what Carrier, or Cruiser. When you reply, "I served on the brown waters (on the rivers) in-country Vietnam or attached to one of the Naval Task Forces, or in direct support of the Army or Marine Corps, " they look at you and more then likely say, "I was unaware the Navy served in-country during the War."
To those of you that served aboard LST’s or on other ships and boats in all our wars, we will never forget you.
“…fair winds and a following sea shipmates…”