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U.S. Coast Guard

Two survivors are pulled to safety onboard a U.S. Coast Guard landing craft after their vessel was sunk by a mine, D-Day. June 6, 1944.

In addition to individual Coast Guardsmen serving on board naval vessels and landing craft, the U.S. Coast Guard deployed two flotillas in support of the Normandy invasion. Rescue Flotilla One consisted of sixty 83-foot patrol boats (the so called “match- box fleet”) and rescued hundreds of men from the waters off Normandy, often while under enemy fire. LCI(L) Flotilla 10 consisted of 24 Coast Guard-manned Large Infantry Landing Craft (LCI(L)), and delivered hundreds of troops and tons of equipment to Omaha Beach at the outset of the invasion.

The USCG-1 escorted the first waves of landing craft into the Omaha assault area on D-Day morning. June 6, 1944.
The 83-foot Coast Guard cutter USCG 1 off Omaha Beach, tied up to an LCT and the USS Samuel Chase. Morning of June 6, 1944.
A LCVP from the USS Samuel Chase, approaching Omaha Beach, after a German bullet hit a smoke grenade. June 6, 1944.
Two fliers are helped aboard an 83-foot Coast Guard rescue cutter, after their mosquito bomber crashed in the English Channel.