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USS LST 325 departs from Chattanooga in grand fashion

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The USS LTS325 leaves the Scenic City Thursday after a very successful, and popular visit. WRCBtv.com photo The USS LTS325 leaves the Scenic City Thursday after a very successful, and popular visit. WRCBtv.com photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

A navy ship from WWII is traveling back home after a week-long stay in Chattanooga.

The USS LST 325 has been docked at Ross's Landing since September 11. More than 22,000 people toured the vessel, setting an all-time attendance record for when it docks at other cities.

"I just think its such a nice thing that we can pay tribute to our country and support our guys," said Shelia Leath. "It's just such an historical thing to be here. It really makes you feel good to be an American."

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Chattanoogans like Sheila Leath waved goodbye to the rare piece of history that left in grand fashion Thursday morning. The sip fired the 40 mm Bofers guns and played "Anchors Away" as she departed for Evansville, Indiana.

More than 22,000 visitors toured the ship, shattering the previous attendance record of 17,000 in Pittsburgh. Now Chattanooga is the bullseye for other cities to target.

"You combine the patriotism and the desire to touch a piece of history and its just a winning combination," said Mickey McCamish.

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Mickey McCamish has been working for the past year to get the ship to Tennessee. He's a retired 27-year veteran of the Navy and called Thursday's farewell emotional.

"And I think about the men who came through that, some for the very last time, some slept their very last night of sleep aboard the LST 325," said McCamish.

The USS LST 325 was a part of the D-Day invasion in 1944. The vessel only visits two cities each year from its home port in Evansville. Chattanooga followed a stop in Decatur, Alabama. It will take about four days for LST 325 to return home.


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