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Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates||Campaign and Dates|
|North African occupation
Tunisian operations, 27 March to 9 July 1943
|West coast of Italy operations-1944
Anzio-Nettuno advanced landing 22 January 1944
9 to 15 July and 28 July to 17 August 1943
|Invasion of Normandy
6 to 25 June 1944
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USS LCI(L)-219 and
USS LCI(L)-215 nested together while moored in North Africa, circa 1943.
Black and white photo courtesy of Shane Miracle in memory of his grandfather who served aboard USS LCI(L)-217. Color version courtesy Ken Adair, Sr.
|Robert G. Morrissey|
|5567k||USS LCI(L)-219 and USS LCI(L)-554 off Utah beach. After landing troops on Utah Beach on D-Day, LCI(l)-219 embarked the commander of LST Flotilla 10 to take charge of the various rhino ferries and barges off the beaches there. LCI(L)-219 made it through North Africa, Sicily, and Anzio without a scratch and would spend the next few days finding her way through the minefields off Utah that claimed several other vessels. This included USS LST499, which LCI(L)-219 assisted after the LST struck a mine on 9 June. The following day, they were ordered to Omaha Beach to bring the 81st Seabee Battalion back to Utah (seen here). At 3:45 in the morning on 11 June 1944, hours after this photo was taken, a German aerial bomb exploded close aboard LCI(L)-219, killing or wounding several of her crew and ultimately sinking the vessel as she sat in the transport area awaiting the Seabees. LCDR Albert Corsi, CO of USS LCI(L)-219, was awarded a Navy Cross for his efforts to save his ship and his crew, despite severe wounds. He was the last man to abandon ship, collapsing from his injuries soon afterward.||Brian Miller|
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