On this day in 1944, nearly 100 Coast Guard cutters, Coast Guard manned warships and landing craft participated in the invasion of Nazi occupied Europe at Normandy, France. The Coast Guard manned landing craft LCI(L)s 85, 91, 92, and 3 were lost at the Omaha beachhead that day. Sixty cutters sailed in support of the invasion forces as well, acting as search and rescue craft for each of the five landing beaches. A Coast Guard manned assault transport, the USS Bayfield, served as the command and control vessel for the landings at Utah Beach.
Coast Guard officers commanded one of the assault groups that landed troops on Omaha Beach that morning. Read more about the Coast Guard's
role at the link below.
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