Hit the Beach

7th June 2012, 16:26
Here again I'm not sure if this subject matter is slotted into the right place....so if not y'all can yell at me

Few recall today that it was mostly Coast Guard helmsmen who heroically jammed the bows of their wooden landing craft into the blazing hell of Normandyís beaches.

Most of the crew of the LCI(L)-92 were veterans of invasions in North Africa Sicily, and Italy. Their commanding officer, Lt, Robert M. Salmon, USCGR, had brought the ship across the Atlantic from Norfolk 16-months before and fought her through the Mediterranean invasions. Bored with weeks of drill and the drudgery of getting the vessel in first-class condition, the menís spirits were high when the 92 took its place in the great armada crossing the English Channel to breach the Naziís West Wall. A few hours later, the 92, second ship to hit its designated section of the beach, was a smoking part of the price paid for victory. It was two-weeks before all hands could be accounted for - six of them had been injured and 41 soldiers had died before they had a chance to leave the ship. Coast Guardsman Seth Shepard, Photographerís Mate 2C, wrote this account a few days
after leaving a survivorís camp in southwest England. Lieutenant Salmon subsequently received the Silver Star for his intrepidity on D-Day.

If you wish to give this article a tumble...click: HERE (http://navalmerchantshiparticles.blogspot.com/2012/06/hit-beach.html)

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Bob Murdoch
7th June 2012, 17:18
Tell that to the R.N. helmsmen who landed the bulk of those going ashore including Americans.

However, the U.S.C.G. did appear and do their bit. Many thanks

Cheers Bob

Wallace Slough
7th June 2012, 19:41
Bud: Thanks for posting this remarkable account of the hell of the landings.

7th June 2012, 20:08
I seem to remember the British and Canadians were there too, I dont think the Americans did it on their own even if they think they did

7th June 2012, 20:09
You are very welcome.........actually I really don't wish for these memories to be forgotten....that is why I write.....so as the younger ones hopefully will read and never ever want these events to occur again in there future for generations to come........ We can and should never forget the price of "Freedom"