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Officers and Executive Board

Please feel free to contact any of the officers or directors listed below for whatever comments, questions or assistance you may need. We’re here to serve you!

You can also send us a message via our online contact form, or email us at th*****@us****.org.


Robert E. Wright, Jr.
Son of Robert E. Wright, WWII,
USS LCI(L) 20, USS LCI(L) 996 & USS LCI(L) 997

Richard Lovell
Vice President
LCI(L) 713 Restoration Project, Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum

Lisa Tancredi
Daughter of Robert D. Bittle, WWII, LCI(L) 944

Executive Board

Joe Flynn
Editor, Elsie Item
California Director
Brother of LaVerne C. Flynn, WWII, LCI(G)347

Stan Galik
Son of Stanley Galik, WWII, LCI(L) 35

Dr. Michael A. Pikos
Son of Anthony M. Pikos, WWII, LCI(L) 14


Abe Laurenzo
WW II Veteran, LCI(L) 409 & LCI(L) 47

Directors Emeritus

Rod Scurlock
Vice President Emeritus
WWII Veteran, LCI(G) 565

Gordon Smith
Director Emeritus
WWII Veteran, LCI(L) 43


John M. France
European Theater of Operations
Son of Frank T. France, WWII, USS LCI(L) 540

Dennis Blocker
Pacific Theater of Operations
Grandson of Clifford Lemke, WWII, LCI(G) 449

  1. Jack Wood

    Hello my name is Jack Wood. Served on the LCI-G-472 (Gun ship troop carrier). Work with the demolition team 11 days prior to invasion of Guam. Received the Navy citation award. My position, stood watches inside the engine room, operating the quad diesel engines. Also, manned the 40MM Bow pointer position. I was 17 years old back in ’44.

    1. Steve Rudge

      Jack – My father was the CO of the 472 (Al Rudge). I have researched the ship and the crew and have contacted crew members and their families. I have musters, action reports, pictures, and other information I have shared with families. I have also set up a page on Facebook only for family members of the 472. I do not want to post my contact information but if you or one of your family members is on Facebook or Ancestry .com I could find you/them. Also, if you can tell me where you live I can probably find you and contact you.

    2. Kurt Kightly


      My father was Clyde Kightly, he was a snipe. He passed about 10 years ago. He told many stories and I think he was reluctant to tell too much. i served in the US Navy as a Cryptologic Technician and was shore based and flew in a reconnaissance squadron.

      I certainly would like to speak with you about the invasion of Guam and other stories. I was stationed on Guam with my squadron. Some aircrew and I were all over the ASAN point,peninsula and found the gun caves you may have been shooting at.

  2. Aaron Washburn

    If any one in here can give me any information on my grandfather and the ship served on it would be most greatly appreciated. His name was robert everett link. Aka robert e. link, served on the LCI(L) 562. Anything at all. I have seaeching for anything, even if its just pictures. Or anybody that knew him. He passed away when i was 5 years old. He never spoke much at all about the war because it really upset him. My email is al********@gm***.com

    Thank you,
    Aaron Washburn

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