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Battleship Texas
The  34,000 ton Battleship TEXAS  was  present  and played a key role in each of  the major engagements that the USS LST 494 participated in during World War II(Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion, Invasion of Southern France and the Assault and Occupation of Okinawa-Gunto).  The crew of  the 494 feels a special affinity  toward  the Texas.  The massive firepower the Texas was able  to  bring  to  bear on the  enemy with her  14" guns during invasions helped pave the way for the amphibious forces.  
At Normandy  the TEXAS blasted  the German defenses  with a June 6, 1944 dawn bombardment of 250 projectiles from her 14" guns.  The TEXAS spent 33 more days shelling German positions on the Normandy coast.  On June 25th, she was struck by enemy shore batteries twice during a three hour duel with German guns at  Cherbourg.  The  hits  killed 1 and injured 13 crewman. After repairs, the TEXAS  entered  the  Mediterranean  to support the August 15, 1944 invasion of Southern France.  The TEXAS then saw action in the Pacific Theater and while at Okinawa, shelled Japanese installations for 50 days.  During the Okinawa campaign she  fired  four complete  shiploads  of ammunition in support of Marine and Army ground forces.  She also fought off repeated Kamikaze attacks, downing one Japanese plane and assisted in splashing three others.
The TEXAS earned 5 battlestars for her service in World War II.  In addition to the above campaigns, she participated in the Invasion of North Africa in 1942 and the Invasion of Iwo Jima in  1945.
In 1948, TEXAS became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S.  The USS TEXAS is a National Historic Landmark and is located at San Jacinto State Historical Park just outside of Houston, Texas.  
San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park
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