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June 2019

Elsie Item 104
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Elsie Item 105
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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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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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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)
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 [ … ]

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 [ … ]

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 The Battle of Midway begins and results in a decisive American victory against Japan and marking the turning point of the war in the Pacific.  Capitol Record Company opens for business.  "Mrs Miniver" based on the novel by Jan Struther, directed by William Wyler and starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon is released in the U.S. (Best Picture in 1943).
1943 Ramon Castillo, the President of Argentina was overthrown in a military coup by General Arturo Rawson & Colonel Juan Perón.  St Louis Cardinal Mort Cooper pitches his 2nd consecutive 1 hitter.
1944 Submarine U505 becomes the first German submarine captured & boarded by a U.S. Navy task group in the south Atlantic; it was the first such capture of an enemy vessel at sea by the U.S. Navy since the War of 1812.  The U.S. 5th Army enters & liberates Rome from Mussolini's Fascist armies. French General Charles De Gaulle arrives in London.  
1945 The 6th U.S. Marine division occupies Orokoe Peninsula, Okinawa.  The U.S., Russia, Britain & France agree to split occupied Germany.  

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