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Students Learn From WWII Veteran Joe Sadlier


November 13, 2004

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Ketchikan, Alaska - WWII veteran Joe Sadlier visited the 5th grade class at Houghtaling Wednessday and gave a first person account of the meaning of Veterans' Day.  Sadlier discussed his part in World War II and his service aboard one of over 1,000 LSTs (Landing Ship,Tanks).

The LSTs (Landing Ship, Tanks) were designed to deliver troops, tanks and equipment directly onto enemy shores and they were widely used in all theaters of the war during WWII. Sadlier also told about his part in the historic renovation of the almost 60-year old LST-325 which began in 2000 and the 4,250-mile passage to bring the LST-325 from Gibraltar to Mobile, Alabama. The renovation and the inspirational voyage of the LST-325 to the Port of Mobile was documented on the History Channel.

 The students were also treated to cookies, baked by Joe, aka "Cookie" Sadlier.


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Joe Sadlier visits the 5th grade class at Houghtaling...
Photo by Mark O'Brien, 5th grade teacher


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Tre' Weis, Joe Sadlier, and Rick Garner at Houghtaling....
Photo by Mark O'Brien, 5th grade teacher



History Channel LST-325 Documentary:

The Return of LST-325 (available for purchase on VHS and DVD)


USS LST Ship Memorial



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