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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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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)
LCI(L) 85: The Four- Leaf Clover

By John France, Historian, USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association On June 6, 1944, U.S.S.  LCI(L) 85 sailed through rough waters towards the Normandy Coast of France. LCI 85 was [ … ]

We Remember Charles “Buster” Lawrence. Why?

Born in 1916, he graduated in 1935 from Benson Polytechnic High School, in Portland, Oregon. His major was aviation mechanics. He joined the Army and served two years as an [ … ]

LCI Veterans Recall D-Day

By Jeff Veesenmeyer “Okay, let’s go.” Those three simple words from General Dwight D. Eisenhower set into motion the largest amphibious invasion in history. An armada of 5,300 ships would [ … ]

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 Bernard W. Robinson becomes the 1st black Ensign in the U.S. Navy.  Eric Nessler of France stays aloft in a glider for 38 hours 21 minutes.  
1943 SS Police in Amsterdam sentence 12 resistance fighters to death for being Jewish, communists, or homosexual.
1944 German submarine U-767 sunk by English Navy destroyers in the English Channel.  Farewell concert of Willem Mengelberg in Paris.  
1945 William Joyce, known as Lord Haw-Haw, was charged with high treason for his English-language wartime broadcasts on German radio. (He was hanged in January 1946)

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