Magazine article Sea Classics

New Orleans, Louisiana

Magazine article Sea Classics

New Orleans, Louisiana

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The National D-Day Museum is planning an opening this coming summer, according to Kenneth Hoffman, Director of Education. The museum, currently preparing exhibits and accepting World War II memorabilia, is located at 923 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130.

Of particular interest is the museum's acceptance of the logs and records of LCT(R) 439 from Stu Mahlin of Cincinnati, Ohio, whose father, Elmer Mahlin, commanded the vessel outfitted with rockets for close-in support of landing troops. Mahlin was firing his rockets off Utah Beach on D-Day at 0635.

The craft was decommissioned off Sicily on 1 October 1944, and Mahlin took all the craft's paperwork with him including every order he received during the way. This valuable material included the original log of LCT(R) 439, the US log starting 22 April 1944, when Mahlin accepted the craft from its British commander, along with the American officer's diary, orders, sea charts, snapshots and sea chest. Of particular interest is the American flag that flew from LCT(R) 439 on D-Day.

Also included in the collection are Mahlin's sidearm and records pertaining to his service as Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Training Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. What has been received comprises the most complete record of one sailor's service during World War II.

As of this writing, and after a long and arduous construction, Higgins Boat volunteers were working on the finer details of the LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel) destined for exhibition in the National D-Day Museum. …

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