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Coastguardsman Operate 20 mm Cannon Off Normandy

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Coastguardsmen John R. Smith (1917 Р????) and Daniel J. Kaczorowski (June 1922 Р) operate a 20 mm (.78 caliber) Oerlikon automatic cannon on a Coast Guard landing craft during the Invasion of Normandy. Four Coast Guard Landing Craft Infantry (LCIs) РLCI(L)-85, LCI(L)-91, LCI(L)-92 and LCI(L)-93 Рwere sunk in action of Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. LCI(L)-85 landed at Easy Red Beach at 0830 Hours and immediately took heavy fire from German batteries ashore. She had numerous casualties — her Captain, Coast Guard Lieutenant Junior Grade Coit Hendley, estimated fifteen dead and thirty wounded. She came along USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) to unload her casualties with a severe list and soon sank. LCI(L)-91 hit a mine on her second beaching on Dog White Beach around 0800 and burned. LCI(L)-92 successfully navigated three rows of mined obstacles on Dog White at 0730 but as her crew thought they had cleared all mines, she struck a mine and then immediately came under heavy shellfire. The Army infantry successfully unloaded as the crew attempted to fight fires. She was abandoned on the beach at 1400 Hours without loss to her crew. LCI(L)-93 was holed at least ten times by shells and mines. Some of her wounds were more than a yard (a meter) wide. She sank off the beach in shallow water. Several of her crew were wounded. These were the only Coast Guard-manned LCIs lost during World War II.
Image Filename wwii0188.jpg
Image Size 3.15 MB
Image Dimensions 2916 x 2347
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title United States Coast Guard
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed June 06, 1944
Location Coast Guard Landing Craft
City Omaha Beach
State or Province Normandy
Country France
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number 26-G-2624
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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