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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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What’s New

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 – 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 Great Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein, Egypt.   German units go through Red October factory in Stalingrad.  The first ships from the US leave Norfolk for Morocco to participate in "Operation Torch" invasion. All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner are killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Force bomber near Palm Springs, California. Among the victims is composer Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory").  
  • 1943 First Jewish transport out of Rome reaches camp Birkenau.
  • 1944 Gulf of Leyte battle begins.   Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita's flagship, the heavy cruiser Atago,  sinks during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.  Soviet army invades Hungary.  First Central Kitchen opens in Amsterdam.  
  • 1945 Jackie Robinson signs Montreal Royals baseball contract.

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