LST Scuttlebutt: The Magazine of the Association
LST Scuttlebutt is the official newsletter
United States Landing Ship Tank Association
It is published quarterly by our Editor in Chief, Zach Morris
Mel Barger (Editor Emeritus) of the LST 555 has also assisted with the newsletter in the past
Scuttlebutt: Editor's Corner
Zach S. Morris, Editor in Chief
Zach accepted the position as Editor of the “LST Scuttlebutt” in November 2014. He was also the former Editor for the USS LCI National Association’s newsletter, “Elsie Item,” from 2013-2016. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors Degree in Supply Chain Management in 2008, and earned a certificate in Screenwriting for Feature Films at UCLA-Extension in 2015. He began interviewing WWII veterans and publishing their stories as articles in May 2013. He has extensive knowledge of World War II history.
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Dear LST veterans:
My grandfather, who passed away in 2011, was a sailor in the Amphibious Forces aboard a Landing Craft, Infantry (LCI). It is because of him that I’m in this position today. Through my involvement with several WWII associations, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting countless Navy “Old Salts” from the Greatest Generation. One of the things that stand out most about the veterans that I’ve met and interviewed is that they were all enormously proud to be veterans of this great country during some of its darkest hours.
Most of you were just teenage boys when you became sailors who fought tyranny and fascism aboard those “Large Slow Targets”—the first of their kind. The winds of war carried you aboard the LST, the largest ship in the greatest naval amphibious force this world has ever seen. You helped liberate the oppressed by invading distant enemy shores to deliver troops, casualties, tanks, and critically needed supplies across the vast unknown oceans. Your behemoth steel chariots were perhaps the most important beaching ship in achieving Allied victory in World War II. You dared to disembark on hostile beaches savagely held by Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Vichy France and Imperial Japan. You survived the Luftwaffe and kamikaze pilots; the Wolf Packs and suicide swimmers; the Third Reich and the Rising Sun. As a Millennial, I have the highest respect and admiration for all that your generation accomplished.
I have a deep appreciation for all of the men who served aboard LSTs in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
I am honored to be the editor of your newsletter.