The photos on this site are of the Coast Guard manned LCI-L (large)-88 landing craft taken in the Pacific operations. This is one of the ships from the group of LCI's used in the landings around Italy and during the D-Day invasion. They were later refitted in the states and sent to the Pacific where my father, John Grey, served on the 88. It was the flotilla 103 flagship and carried the flotilla commander. These LCI's were used to make smoke screens for the larger warships during Kamikazi attacks at Okinawa; after the war ended they helped in mindsweeping around the waters off of Japan.

Although these photos are taken mostly of one ship, they may help many of the veterans recall the ships layout and give their children and grandchildren a look at a ship that no longer sails except in the memories of the veterans who served aboard them

Pacific Operations
The LCI's arrived on the East coast, after the Normandy invasion, to be refitted. They then sailed through the Panama Canal to San Diego, California and were designated group 103, consisting of 13 ships, with the LCI-88 being the flagship. From there they sailed to Pearl Harbor where they took on more crew and where my father, John Grey boarded. Enroute to Okinawa they stopped at Eniwetock, Guam and Ulithi.

Because the LCI's had radar recently installed, they were often used to convoy supply ships and they used the radar at one point to pass through a submarine net.

At Okinawa they were assigned to make smoke screens for various warships. At the end of the war they were sent to Wakayama and Sasabo, Japan to destroy minefields. After this duty they headed home to San Diego and then to Texas for decommissioning of LCI-88.

If anyone has addidional information on the Pacific operations of the LCI group 103 please email me and I will add to the information that I have.