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Naval History and Heritage Command

Cut the Line

The launching of an LST
Description: Painting, Oil on Canvas; by Thomas Hart Benton; 1944; Framed Dimensions 40H X 54W
Accession #: 88-159-BO as a Gift of Abbott Laboratories
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Last episode in the birth of an LST--the launching. While the audience leans forward with the breathless expectation of racetrack fans lining the rail to shout "They're Off!" the foreman of the crew holds his hat high. Seconds later the hat came down, the crowd roared, the lines were cut and a new ship had joined Uncle Sam's landing craft armada.

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