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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)
The 2019 LCI National Reunion!

On May 3-5 2019, the AFMM proudly hosted the LCI WWII Veterans Reunion. 13 veterans attended along with family and friends for a total of over 85. Everyone had a [ … ]

Chaplain’s Corner

Holy Bible NASB Psalm 1: 1-6    2 Peter 1:21    2 Tim 3:16  Heb 11:6 I love to read the Psalms because they are so applicable to life, and, as all [ … ]

Whatever Will Float Our Boat

Rick Holmes, AFMM President The AFMM is having another excellent year; visits and tours to the ship are up and the ship is really looking good. Our troop 2 and [ … ]

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 Vichy French Navy scuttled its ships & submarines in Toulon to keep them out of the hands of German troops.  Josip Tito appoints Anti-fascist Liberation board in Yugoslavia.  Bobby Managoff beats Yvon Robert in Houston to become wrestling champ.  
1943 The Tehran Conference with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin begins.  The 31st Canadian Football League (CFL) Grey Cup: Hamilton Flying Wildcats defeat Winnipeg Bombers, 23-14.  
1944 The Village of Hanbury was destroyed when 4,000 shells detonate at the RAF arms depot at Fauld, near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and killing at least 70 people.  The US 121st Infantry regiment opens an assault on Hurtgen, Germany.  
1945 General George C. Marshall was named special U.S. envoy to China by President Harry S. Truman to try to end hostilities between the Nationalists and the Communists.  The trial against National Socialist Movement (NSB) leader Aton Mussert begins in the Netherlands.  Dutch resistance fighter Hannie Schaft re-buried in presence of Queen Wilhelmina.  

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