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<i>Semper Paratus</i>: The U.S. Coast Guard's Flotilla 10 at Omaha Beach

Mark A. Snell

in The United States and the Second World War

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231201
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240791 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823231201.003.0009

Series: World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension

Semper Paratus: The U.S. Coast Guard's Flotilla 10 at Omaha Beach

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This chapter offers both a valuable overview of the United States Coast Guard's role in World War II as well as an in-depth examination of this often forgotten service in the major amphibious operations of the war. Making extensive use of oral histories and memoirs, it takes the reader from the coast guardsman's early training to operations in Sicily and the Italian mainland, to raucous liberty in Gibraltar, and on to the deadly serious preparation in the months leading up to Normandy. The heart of the chapter focuses on the heretofore unexamined history of Flotilla ten, each of whose 36 LCIs (landing craft, infantry) carried a crew of 24 and as many as 188 troops in the assault on Omaha Beach, amid an ocean of lethal anti-tank mines, treacherous tides and currents, and German defensive fire.

Keywords: U.S. Coast Guard; World War II; amphibious operations; Flotilla 10; Omaha Beach

Chapter.  9467 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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