LST Memorial unveils WWII mural

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EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) The LST Memorial unveiled a new mural, titled Recognizing Evansville Efforts, in their Visitor Center, marking the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

The artist is Master Sergeant James “Sarge” Goodall of Utica, Kentucky. A recent board member for the LST Memorial, Goodall is also an accomplished artist and General George Patton impersonator.

I was there in World War II. I was six years old in World War II, so I know a lot of this stuff and I recognize it. That’s why I want to tell that story because when I’m gone, this painting will still be there telling young people what that generation did, especially what they did in Evansville

James “Sarge” Goodall

The 5’ x 12’ mural portrays Evansville’s effort during WWII and took 125 hours to paint. The mural shows Victory Gardens, food stamp rationing, a community scrap metal drive, LST and P-47 production, and the LST-325 offloading tanks on the beach of Normandy.

LST-325 Memorial general manager Andrew Schade says it’s important to remember the way Evansville came together during the war.

Evansville built LSTs such as our own here in the city at the Evansville shipyard, built P47 Thunderbolts up at the airport, also produced billions of rounds of ammunition for the war effort and also worked on tanks and vehicles and other equipment.”

Andrew Schade

The mural unveiling comes just weeks after Tarheel Hal, a P47 built in Evansville, came home to the Evansville Wartime Museum and 75 years after World War Two ended in 1945. To honor Veterans Day, there will be a bellringing ceremony aboard LST-325. The LST-325 Memorial, located at 610 NW Riverside Drive, is open for tours Tuesday through Sunday. Visit the LST Memorial website for more information.

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(This story was originally published on October 30, 2020)

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