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Dear Mr. King,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the deck logs of the LCI-818 and the LCI-1096 for 1945 and should include the logs for 15 August 1945.
We also located Armed Guard Logs, 1943 - 1945 in Record Group 24 that may contain logs of the guard detachment assigned to the SS Charles E. Smith, and Armed Guard Files, 1934 - 1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that includes the file Charles E. Smith 09/23/43 - 12/13/45.
Plus, we located World War II Action and Operational Reports in Record Group 38 that may include reports concerning the attack.
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Thank you very much for going the extra mailed to help me! I appreciate this information on the last attack at Iheya Island August 15, 1945. I am going to include your name in the acknowledgment section of my new book.
My previous books:
The Last Zero Fighter
A Tomb Called Iwo Jima
The Yalu River Boys