U.S. Coast Guard Historic Documents
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USS LCI(L) 88
12 JULY 1944
ACTION REPORT, OPERATION ____________.
COVERS TRANSPORTING TROOPS TO OMAHA AREA, BAIE DE LA SEINE, FRANCE, 6 JUNE 1944 WHILE OPERATING IN TASK UNIT 124.3.01
ELEVENTH AMPHIBIOUS FORCE
8 - AUG 1944
SECOND ENDORSEMENT to
CO US LCI(L)-88 Secret
ltr. of 12 July 1944
Assault Force "O"
To: Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet
Subject: Action Report of LCI(L)-88 in Assault on COLLEVILLE-VIERVILLE Sector, Coast of Normandy.
2. The Force Commander notes with pleasure that the officers and crew of LCI(L)-88 performed their duties under heavy fire in a calm and efficient manner in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
J.L. HALL, Jr.
CO US LCI(L)-88
1944 AUG 14 15:22
From: Assault Group Commander 124.3
To: Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet
Via: Chain of Command.
Subj: Action report; operation ________. [Neptune]
M.H. IMLAY [CAPTAIN, USCG]
U.S.S. LCI(L) 88
Fleet Post Office
New York, New York
12 July 1944
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. LCI(L) 88
To: Commander in Chief, United States Fleet
Via: 1. Deputy Assault Group Commander 124.3
2. Assault Group Commander 124.3
3. Task Force Commander 124
Subject: Action report; operation NEPTUNE
1. During operation , this vessel was attached to Task Unit 124.3.01, which departed in convoy from Weymouth, England, on 5 June 1944, and arrived in the assault force transport area, Omaha sector, at 0300B, 6 June 1944. This vessel beached on schedule at 0735B, 6 June, the first LCI(L) on EASY RED beach. Despite enemy machine gun and shell fire, all army personnel were disembarked except one wounded private. Prior to withdrawing from the beach at 0739, a direct shell hit was received on the starboard side forward, damaging the starboard ramp beyond repair, and killing one man, wounding mortally one man, of the ship's crew. One man was missing in action, believed killed by gunfire while ashore with the life-line for troops, in performance of his assigned duty. Upon retracting from the beach, this vessel proceeded to the transport area, receiving and transporting a number of casualties and survivors. For the duration of the assault phase, this unit was employed in ferry service and the assistance of other vessels.
2. There were no further engagements with the enemy. This vessel did not fire its 20mm guns. All damage has been repaired. The subsequent employment of the vessel was in shuttle service and as control ship for ROGER WHITE beach of UTAH sector.
3. At all times, and particularly when under fire, the crew functioned as a perfect team, and at no time did a single man flinch or falter in the performance of his duties. The crew cannot be commended strongly enough for their calm courage and efficient performance in the face if the grave dangers to which they were subjected. No one could have done more, and it is entirely due to their efforts that this vessel was able to continue to operate during the initial assault.
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