United States Naval Reserve
Plot G, Row 23, Grave 22
Coxswain Amin Isbir was the oldest of eleven children and joined the U.S. Navy before being activated for duty as a member of the famed 6thNavy Beach Battalion that trained exclusively for Operation Overlord, the Allied permanent re-entry into Continental Europe.
On January 7, 1944, after six months of intensive amphibious warfare training at Fort Pierce and Camp Bradford, Isbir and his battalion traveled overseas on the SSMauritaniato the UK in preparation for the invasion of Normandy.
In support of the 16thRegimental Combat Team, 1stInfantry Division, the 6thNaval Beach Battalion had the mission of providing battlefield medicine, establishing shore-to-ship communications, marking sea lanes, making emergency boat repairs, assisting in the removal of underwater obstructions, directing the landings and evacuating the casualties in the eastern Omaha Beach sectors, code-named Easy Red, Fox Green and Fox Red.
In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, Isbir was onboard LCI (Landing Craft Infantry) #88 heading on an eastern course towards Omaha Beach, Easy Red One sector. During the landing, LCI #88 came under heavy fire, losing one of its two ramps along with a number of soldiers. Isbir was one of the first men down the remaining port side ramp. A short time later, as they were placing a fallen soldier onto a stretcher, a shell from a huge German railway gun landed onto the beach hurling a military truck into the air. The truck landed on Isbir, killing him instantly.
Due to continued hostilities, Isbir’s body was not recovered until two days later. His death was then mistakenly listed as June 8, 1944, two days after he was killed in action.
With the help of his family and the U.S. Navy’s POW/MIA Casualty Assistance Division, the correct date of death became official on April 28, 2008. In 2009, 65 years after Isbir’s death, the American Battle Monuments Commission replaced the misdated stone with a corrected one.
Amin Isbir is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot G, Row 23, Grave 22.