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June 2019

Elsie Item 104
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Elsie Item 105
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ELSIE ITEM

The LCI(L)-85 is featured in National Geographic's Drain the Ocean: Secrets of D-Day airing Monday, June 3 at 9PM. You can read more about the LCI(L)-85 in this article from our ELSIE Item Archives

Saluting Our Coast Guard Shipmates – Flotilla Ten at Normandy

LCI(R)-1077, ELSIE ITEM

March 2019

Elsie Item 104
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Elsie Item 104
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By Vaughn Brown, Ken Campbell, Pat Campbell

Vaughn Brown’s LCI(R) 1077 Career

LCI(R)-1077, ELSIE ITEM

By Ken Stern and Earle L. Bailey QM1/c

Memories of the LCI 41

LCI(L)-41, ELSIE ITEM

By Bremmer Martha PhM1/c

Memories of LCI(G)-455

LCI(G)-455, ELSIE ITEM

By Vernon Wallace as told to Tom Gorham

Post-VJ Day LCI

Post-VJ Day LCI

Post-VJ Day LCI

LCI(M)-632, ELSIE ITEM

December 2018

Elsie Item 103
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Elsie Item 103
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Guns Behind Palagi Rock

LCI(L)-365, ELSIE ITEM

Fond Memories of LCI 35 and a Dance Floor in Brighton, England

LCI(L)-35, ELSIE ITEM

A Lucky Japanese Dive-Bomber Spoils the Day for the LCI(G) 23 Gunboat

LCI(G)-23, ELSIE ITEM

30 Days

LCI(R)-337, ELSIE ITEM

David's Journey

LCI(L)-36, ELSIE ITEM

"Now it Can be Told" LCI (R) 765 Takes on a Japanese Destroyer

LCI(R)-765, ELSIE ITEM

Navy Beachmasters on "Red & Green" Omaha

LCI(L)-88, ELSIE ITEM

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Saluting Our Coast Guard Shipmates – Flotilla Ten at Normandy and the loss of LCIs 85, 91, 92 and 93

This article first appeared in the January 2007 issue of the Elsie Item (No. 58) and offers details about the loss of four LCIs.  In particular, it discusses the LCI(L)-85 [ … ]

Guns Behind Palagi Rock

By Jeff Veesenmeyer The actions on W-Day 21 July 1944 during the initial assault landings on Agat Beach, Guam. The mission of this vessel, and of LCI(G) Division Fifteen, was [ … ]

David’s Journey

by John France 02/17/2018 David Forman was born July 31, 1923. A native of Kings County, New York, he was the son of immigrants. His father Louis was from Latvia [ … ]

June 2019 (No. 105)
Vampire Volunteers

By J. Wandres (Intrepid Explorer of the South Pacific) My wife and I were fortunate to be part of a small-group tour of New Zealand and Australia. Whilst in Sydney [ … ]

My Grandfather’s Sacrifice

William J. Gunter Royal Canadian Navy, Able Seaman. HMCS LCI(L) 249 had twin 20mm Orelikons on the bow By Danika Gagnon When I was younger, my grandfather never talked about [ … ]

Observations from Officers Country

by Robert E Wright Jr, President MEMORIAL DAY 2019 – If you look at the Cover of ELSIE ITEM 105 it features a single white cross. It’s one among the [ … ]

Not All LCI Casualties Occurred During the Landings

When you are doing research, something on a page may jump out and seize your attention. This was the case when I was reviewing the WWII Missing in Action files [ … ]

Witness to Invasions, Surrenders and Occupation

By Jeff Veesenmeyer When Chicagoan, Bill Simmons joined the Navy in July of 1944, he had no idea what he would see. At age 17 he wanted to serve and [ … ]

Gator Gossip

By Jeff Veesenmeyer 20 Years Ago – Elsie Item #29 Our 9th reunion at Louisville is now history, it was indeed a very enjoyable and successful reunion. Our attendance was [ … ]

This Day In History

1942 Nazis arrest Dutch journalists Frans Goedhart & Wiardi Beckman and are sent to concentration camp.
1943 Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto launched their initial armed resistance against Nazi troops, who eventually succeeded in crushing the rebellion.  The Soviets announced they'd broken through the long siege of Leningrad (it was another year before the siege was fully lifted).  A U.S. war-time ban on the sale of pre-sliced bread aimed at reducing bakeries' demand for metal replacement parts- went into effect.
1944 1st Chinese naturalized US citizen since repeal of exclusion acts.  The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.
1945 Soviet troops capture Krakow, Poland.  Soviet Armed Forces enter Krakow and push Germans out and eventually occupy entire country.

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