USS Landing Craft Infantry Association to Donate Archives to the National Museum of the Pacific War

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LCI Association will donate all Action Reports, War Diaries, and photos to the National Musueum of the Pacific War on March 9, 2013 at 1:30 in the Nimitz Hotel Ballroom

The USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association has chosen the National Museum of the Pacific War and the Admiral Nimitz Foundation as the recipients of their entire archive collection. There are hundreds of Action Reports and War Diaries from the invasions of D-Day on Omaha Beach to Salerno, Sicily, Anzio, Tunisia, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Saipan, Guam, Tinian, New Guinea, Philippines, Iwo Jima, Peleliu, Okinawa and various other places from Alaska to Australia and all places in between. The archives also hold over 1,000 photos of the LCI some scanned from the National Archives.

The National Museum of the Pacific War located in Fredericksburg, Texas will accept the donation at a special program scheduled for March 9, 2013 starting at 1:30 pm in the Ballroom of the Nimitz Hotel. General Michael W. Hagee USMC (Ret.), President and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation and Mike Lebens, Head Curator will accept the donation. This program will be open to the public and all are invited to attend and take part in this historic event. The program will have presentations delivered by members of the LCI Association, LCI veterans, John Cummer and Larry Hermes, and LCI National Association Board Member Dennis Blocker, grandson of a WWII LCI veteran.

What is an LCI? “Landing Craft Infantry were and are ships designed to deliver fighting troops to a beach quickly. WWII LCIs had a crew of 24-60 sailors and carried 200 soldiers, who descended from ramps on each side of the craft. They weren't designed cross-ocean travel -- yet given the urgency of wartime, they did just that, sailing from the United States to the European and Pacific Theatres. Their flat-bottom hulls were designed for beaching, which meant you felt every wave and more than one sailor and soldier ended up donating his lunch to the sea on a continuous basis” LCI Association website.

For more information on the National Museum of the Pacific War and this program visit http://www.pacificwarmuseum.org or call (830)-997-8600.

The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

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