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The LCI National Association is dedicated to preserving the history of the World War II Landing Craft Infantry ships and honoring the sailors that manned them. On this site you will find first-hand accounts from the sailors, stories about the battles they fought and the experiences they had, and photos of the men and their ships.

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from President’s Corner, Elsie Item, September, 2017 Ahoy LCIers! I have exciting news. By the time you receive this Elsie Item, we will probably have our new website – usslci.org online [ … ]

Man Overboard

USS LCI(G)-450 moored pierside at Saipan, February 1945, awaiting repair of battle damage from the Iwo Jima invasion on 17 February 1945. NavSource By Ivy Roberts of LCI(G) 450 A number [ … ]

March 2017 (No. 96)
President’s Message – March 2017

Greetings to all LCI lovers! The next National Reunion for the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association quickly approaches. It will be hosted by the Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum –home [ … ]

Gordon Smith’s Diving Suit Yarn

Gordon Smith, LCI 43 & Diving Suit by Gordon Smith Among the invasion fleet for the invasion of Southern France were the LCI’s #41 and #43. For this invasion, the [ … ]

This Day In History

  • 1942 The 3rd & 5th Romanian Army Corps surrenders to the Soviets.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure establishing the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, or SPARS (an abbreviation of the Coast Guard motto "Semper Puratus"-"Always Ready").  Colonel-General Von Paul asks Hitler to surrender.  German 4th & 6th Army surrounded at Stalingrad.  Japan's bombing of Port Darwin, Australia.  Chinese steward Poon Lim begins 133 days adrift after his British ship is torpedoed and he is the sole survivor.  Soviet 21st Army recaptures Kalatsj at Don.
  • 1943 US forces take control of Tarawa, Gilbert Island & Makin from Japanese.  1st printing of illegal "Warheid".  British Forces Broadcasting Service begins operation. Phils owner William D. Cox is permanently banned from baseball for having bet on his own team.
  • 1944 US 7th army under General Patch captures Straatsburg.
  • 1945 Most US wartime rationing of foods, including meat & butter ends.

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