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Ken Rupp on Navy’s WWII-era LST 325 coming to La Crosse



FILE - LST-325 stranded at low tide on 12 June 1944, while delivering materiel to the Normandy beachhead. (National Archives)

A week from now, a World War II-era vessel is headed to Riverside Park in La Crosse. The Navy’s LST 325 (landing ship tank) was used on D-Day to bring troops and equipment to storm the beach.

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Veteran Ken Rupp, who works in the engine room on the ship, joined WIZM’s La Crosse Talk on Wednesday just minutes before the LST castoff on its journey from Evansville, Ind., to La Crosse over the next week.

Rupp talked a bit about the trip itself, the tours of the ship happening from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Riverside Park and some of the ship’s history. More info on the ship can be found here. Tours will cost $15 for adults and $7 for children.

Rupp, and possibly some other members of the crew, will join La Crosse Talk PM at 5 p.m. on Aug. 30.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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