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101-year-old WWII veteran visits ship in Dubuque just like the one he served on

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A 101-year-old World War II veteran was able to visit a ship just like the one he served on years ago.

Beryl Keen was a lieutenant junior grade with the Coast Guard. 

He served on the USS LST 138 during World War II.

This weekend, he had the chance to explore a very similar ship, the USS LST 325. The ship was docked in Dubuque this weekend.

“I don’t remember this being so big,” Beryl says.

Many people clapped, parted ways, and cheered for the veteran.

He says he’s climbing the stairs and turning corners a little more slowly these days.

“I used to take these steps three at a time when I was on this ship,” Beryl says.

At the end of the day, Beryl would tell those who shook his hand, “What a wonderful country we serve.”

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -A World War II ship is docked in Dubuque this weekend, and it's the last fully-operational landing ship tank from the war.

The USS LST 325 is an amphibious vessel that was designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies onto enemy shores.

John Tallent, the president of USS LST Ship Memorial Inc., says that there were 1,052 of these ships built during the war. "This is the last one in the world that we know of that's still operational in essentially its World War II configuration." 

This ship shows a part of World War II history that we don't always learn about in school. 

Tallent says, "They teach you about things like the Battle of the Bulge and the Invasion of Normandy, but they never talk about what they had to do to sustain all of that. The history behind the history." 
    
Online it says, "This ship is permanently docked in Evansville, IN. Once a year it travels to destinations throughout the United States for people to board and tour. We are excited to bring this ship to Dubuque, the first time ever the ship will be this far north."

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