WE GOT EACH OTHER HOME by Andrew Zimmerman USMMA Class of '08
Many a landing craft and other smaller warships in WW II were constructed in "second tier" shipyards far inland on the Mississippi, places like Main Iron works in Iowa. Once finished these vessels were ferried to New Orleans for final fitting out and commissioning. The thought was that such construction sites were beyond the reach of carrier based air attack. More over places like Main Iron Works pre existed the War. Such yards were building towboats and barges for the river trade since the advent of the steamboat. They were part of the protected Jones Act trades and thus were ready when the national defense need arose.
Landing Ship Tanks (LST) were the lifeblood to the forces in both theaters of World War II. Perhaps the most famous of these was the LST 66. From her early days in the far inland shipyard at Jeffersonville,Missouri to her ultimate scrapping at the end of the war at the Kaiser scrapyard in Seattle, this is the story of the most decorated Coast Guard manned LST. We Got Each Other Home provides an insight into the daily activities on board the 66 and riveting first-hand accounts and life stories from many former crewmembers who called this famous ship home. Highly recommended for the general reader, Coast Guard or naval historian, and Coast Guard veterans.