D minus 7
This picture is USS LST 1, the Navy's first WW2 Landing Ship Tank. She was made in Pittsburgh at the Dravo Corp. shipyard. I am trying to come up with an exact number for how many of the LST's that participated in the D-Day landings were actually made in Pittsburgh. This picture is probably from somewhere within the Pittsburgh region soon after the ship was launched. I would love to know if anyone has an idea of where exactly she was when this picture was taken. Some of the shoreline is fairly clear but it does not narrow it down much for me. You can click on the picture for a larger image.
290 of the 1051 LST's built in WWII were built here in Pittsburgh. My quick check of records tells me that none of the Pittsburgh-built LST's are still around, the last one was stricken from the Turkish Navy just a few years ago in 2001. However, LST-325 was built in Philadelphia and has been restored. Following some international cruises she is now berthed in Evansville, Inidana just down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh. Could LST-325 visit Pittsburgh? I think there are still a fair number of the generation that built and served on these ships around. It could be quite an event if she could sail up the Ohio for a short visit.