U.S.S. Racine is a tank landing ship or LST. By no means is it a glamorous ship. It is a combat ship that deliver supplies and marines to the "Beach." It is an offshore logistic supply center. Surface Warfare Officers are trained to do their job regardless of the outcome - good or bad. During the Cold War, the most glamorous positions were fighter pilot, air craft carrier ship driver, battleship ship driver, and etc...Delivery of Marines to the surf was not "IN THING" before the 1990s until after the wars in IRAQ/Afghanistan. The U.S.S. Racine was decommissioned from active service in 1993.
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