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Research Tools

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE USS LCI NATIONAL ASSOCIATION WILL BE EXPANDING THE CONTENT ON THE RESEARCH AND RESOURCES LINKS PAGE. (updated 11/13/2017)

Many of our members and site visitors are looking for more information about a family member’s experience in the Landing Craft Infantry.  Below are several recommended resources to begin your search.

General Links

o   Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum and the LCI-713

o   LCI449.com – “The Heart of Hell” Official Website

o   LCIs: FULL LIST – Navsource.org

o   LST 325 Memorial

o   Stan Galik – USS LCI 35

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Extensive information is available for Veterans including Health Care, Benefits, Burials and Memorials, Resources, Locations and Contact information.

VETERANS BENEFITS HANDBOOK AVAILABLE 
A handbook “FEDERAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS AND DEPENDENTS,” updated with the latest data, is now available online for download.  The 76 page booklet explains disability, pension, health care, education and housing loans, and other benefit programs for veterans and their families. Now includes information on survivors benefits.

NEW 800 NUMBER FOR VA GRAVE INFORMATION
The Department of Veterans Affairs now has a toll-free number where you can inquire about headstones for veterans or other questions concerning the grave-marker program.
This new system will greatly enhance the ability to get answers to customers who need them quickly. By calling 1-800-697-6947 you are connected to VA’s National Cemetery Systems, Office of Memorial Programs in Washington, D.C. This line operated from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, Monday – Friday. Service representatives can now supply immediate information about the status of applications, headstones, or marker delivery and general information about memorial programs.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR VA BURIAL BENEFITS
All veterans with discharges other than dishonorable, their spouses and dependent children are eligible for burial in VA National Cemetery. The National Cemetery System operates 114 cemeteries within the United States and Puerto Rico. Those eligible for burial also are eligible for a government provided headstone or marker and President Memorial Certificate. Veterans and their dependents may apply for all VA benefits by dialing 1-800-827-1000.
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)

Resources General

NATIONAL ARCHIVES

An excellent resource for researching your ancestry, military records and other public records.  You can also browse their online exhibits.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES VETERANS’ SERVICE RECORDS

Veterans or their family members can request military service records online as well as learn how to replace lost medals and awards.  The site also provides useful information on doing research using military records.  There are also World War II photos to browse.

VETERANS SERVICE RECORDS AT ST. LOUIS

IMPORTANT! The location for obtaining personnel service records has changed!

The center holds the military personnel records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services. It does not hold records for individuals still on active duty, in the National Guard or Reserves, or living Army Retirees.

Visit their website to learn more on how to request documents related to a veterans service or to obtain any medals received as a result of military service.

Please submit your written request for any information regarding your military service to:

National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63138

Visit their web site for more information:

VFW MEMBERSHIP OK’D FOR POST KOREAN WAR VETERANS
For the first time since 1936, Congress has changed the VFW congressional charter. They have amended the charter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars to allow more than 1.8 million veterans who have served in Korea since the end of that war to join that organization.

OBTAINING RECORDS FOR A LCI
To obtain official documents for each LCI, please send a written request to the National Archives:
National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Local: (301) 837-2000
Toll Free Customer Service: (866) 272-6272
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9AM – 5PM (Closed Sundays and Federal Holidays)

LCI WWII records are also accessible online with a paid annual membership at http://www.fold3.com

Military History

Naval History and Heritage Command

The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), headed by the Director of Naval History, is an Echelon II command headquartered on the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.   NHHC serves as the Navy’s institutional memory by preserving, acquiring, producing, and disseminating history and heritage products and resources through Navy historical, archival, museum, curatorial, art, and underwater archeological programs.