WWII vessel arrives in Clarksville after stop in Nashville
Sep 25, 2012 05:03 PM
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
A World War II vessel previously docked at Riverfront Park in Nashville for the past week arrived in Clarksville on Tuesday.
Tom Meredith is the president and chairman of the 1st 325 Nashville.
He told Nashville's News 2 he was thrilled to have a piece of history in Music City, if only for a short time.
"I'll tell you what I told the captain. As happy as it is to see it come in and I'll be happy to see it leave," Meredith said. "It was an awful lot of work, but a really great thing for Nashville. It really was."
Meredith said more than 13,000 people visited the LST 325 which landed men on the beaches of Normandy, housed the wounded and held German prisoners.
One [visitor] in particular that I'll never forget, we had a lady show up. Her husband actually died in the 325 at Normandy. She couldn't go on board. She just walked up and put her hand on the side of the ship. She was feeling spirits come out," he said.
Tours begin at 9 a.m. at McGregor Park in Clarksville. The ship will remain on display until Monday.