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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(L)-12 from 2 November 1943 through 20 October 1944. These records have not been digitized and are not available online. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Also, all NARA research rooms are currently closed and NARA has suspended non-emergency digitization and reproduction requisitions. Therefore these logs can not be viewed until NARA resumes these activities as part of our graduate reopening plan. We do not yet have a date for when this will happen. For the latest information see https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus.
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We also located World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) which contains war diaries and reports concerning some of LCI(L)-2’s activities during World War II. These records have been digitized and can be viewed online through the Catalog. Please keep in mind that the Catalog does not always list files in chronological order.
Finally, the unofficial website NavSource has a page on the USS LCI(L)-12.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you for the quick response! I found some interesting nuggets in the war diaries you posted, thank you for sending those! Out of curiosity, do you know if additional non-digitized records exist? These diaries seem to chronicle the ship's time in the Mediterranean but there is nothing regarding the ships time supporting the Normandy landings. Also, I will certainly follow up with the Archives once the COVID crisis eases, but do you know off hand they are able to send copies electronically or do you have to go in person to view them? Thank you for your insights!
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The World War II War Diaries, 12/7/1941 - 12/31/1945 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) are the paper originals of the previously mentioned World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946 series, that is actually a series of microfilm which has been digitized and uploaded to the Catalog. This series is mostly duplicated by the digitized records, however on occasion we locate paper records not included in digitized records. There also may be unique records in the World War II Action and Operational Reports, 12/7/1941 - 1946, though many of the action reports in this entry are duplicated in the digitized series.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Material Inspection Reports and Related Documentation, 1940 - 1978 in Record Group 38 that includes a file for the LCI-012 (LCI(L)-12). We also located World War II Casualty Reports, 1939 - 1945 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that includes a file for the LCI(L)-12.
In addition, we searched the World War II Command Files in Record Group 38 for a file on the ship but could not locate one listed in the Catalog. If you can identify which larger organization they were assigned to at any given time period, there may be files for that organization. The organization is often written on the 1st page of the deck log,
For more information about the records listed above, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
Next, we located Microfilm of Ship Engineering Drawings in the Records of the Bureau of Ships (Record Group 19) that includes a file for the LCI(L)-12. Please email National Archives at College Park - Cartographic (RDSC) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this record.
Photographs of various U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). While there is not necessarily a comprehensive collection of photographs for every single ship, there may be one for this ship. Please contact RDSS via email at email@example.com to request a search for photographs of specific ships.
As we mentioned previously, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2, RDSC, and RDSS.
You also may be interested in Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1939 - 1/1/1949 in Record Group 24 that includes the digitized LCI(L) 12 - Muster Rolls.
Under normal circumstances, it is possible to order digital copies of records for a reproduction fee. However, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has suspended non-emergency reproduction and digitization services until further notice due to COVID-19. We do not have a date as to when this service will resume.
We hope this information is helpful.
This is very helpful, thank you for this again. I've saved all the records references that you provided and hope to be able to see these from the archives (copies or in person) sooner than later. Additionally, the muster list you provided contains my grandfather's name-very cool to see!
You mentioned that the larger organization that this ship was a part of could provide some additional information. LCI-12 was a part of LCI(L) Flotilla Two. Are there any records available for LCI(L) Flotilla Two? Thank you!
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We searched National Archives Catalog and located the World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that includes files for LCI(L) Flotilla 2 as well as for the 8th Amphibious Force (aka Task Force 81) to which the Flotilla was assigned prior to it being sent to England to take part in D-Day.
There also may also be records of these commands in the previously mentioned World War II War Diaries, 12/7/1941 - 12/31/1945 and World War II Action and Operational Reports, 12/7/1941 - 1946 in the custody of the RDT2.
We were unable to locate the Flotilla in the World War II Command Files in Record Group 38, nor were we able to locate records of the 8th Amphibious Force prior to when the LCI(L)-12 had already been transferred to a different command.
According to the previously linked NavSource page and another online source, when LCI(L)-12 participated in D-Day, it was landing British soldiers at Sword Beach, which would have placed it in Eastern Task Force, Assault Force "S" under British command. Therefore, the National Archives of the United Kingdom may have additional holdings related to the ship.
We also located an article in Elsie Item, the newsletter of the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association, that describes some of the history of the Flotilla 2, although for Normany it focuses on LCIs lost at Utah Beach and mentions the ones assigned to Sword Beach only in passing. You may wish to contact the Association concerning your research as they may have additional information or advice.
We hope this information is helpful.