Getting American troops onto beaches occupied by the enemy was J.D. Gandy's job in the U.S. Navy from December 1942 until December 1945. Gandy was in charge of a gun crew on an "LST", Landing Ship Tank. In many ways the LST was an ingenious design. It's biggest problem was that it was so slow it made a prime target for enemy planes. In fact, the LST's nickname was "Long Slow Target".
J.D. Gandy came through World Warf Two without injury and now lives with his family in Lindale. He says he's glad to have served his country and to have protected his family and the American people.