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I am not a veteran, however I am here in honor of my father MOMM3 Henry Levine who served aboard USS LCI(L) 606 1944-45 in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Also, I am a member of the Amphibious Forces Museum and I am on a mission to help them raise funds, through contibutions, to help them finish their restoration project of LCI (L) 713. Feel free to check on the progress of this effort by going to If you wish to be a part of this effort please feel free to contribute whatever you can. Restoration of the 713 keeps alive the legacy of the brave men who served aboard these small but mighty vessels that sailed into harms way from Sicily to Normandy, from Iwo Jima to Okinawa.

All Navy Vets are welcomed to be a part of this.
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Latest reader review of my novel EYE OF THE REDEEMER

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I pulled this off of today.

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What does an old WWII Navy vessel and a bunch of Saturday sailors have to do with the war on terroism?

In my 1st novel EYE OF THE REDEEMER, the LCI 776 is restored by a bunch of unwitting volunteers only to find that the man leading up the restoration effort had more in mind than turning this little ship into a floating museum. Here's a short descriptive of the book as seen on

Newly divorced and with two grown kids off to pursue their own careers, all Dr. Raymond…


LCI 713 Restoration UPDATE

Posted on January 27, 2009 at 1:00am 1 Comment

I just returned from my weekend in Portland, Oregon, a 3 hour drive (each way) from my home near Seattle. I spent Saturday with the volunteers of the Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum working on the ongoing restoration of LCI (L) 713. The crew is making steady progress as the 713 slowly comes back to life. Since my last visit a few months ago the AFMM acquired 20mm AA guns .The 713 has 5 20MMs (1 on the bow, 2 forward and 2 aft of the wheel house). Also two 12 cyl diesels where donated to the… Continue


Posted on December 24, 2008 at 1:12pm 0 Comments

As some of you might already know, there is an ongoing effort by volunteer members of the Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum (AFMM) to restore the LCI 713 at her home in the Janzten Beach area of Portland, Oregon.

In recent months 20mm machine guns were acquired, rebuilt and refitted to the 713s gun mounts.

And just a few short weeks ago a generous donor gave the AFMM 2 12-cylinder detroit diesel engines that will allow the 713 to make way under her own power once they are… Continue

Help the Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

The Amphibious Forces Museum continues it's restoration efforts of LCI 713. Visit the website at to check on ongoing efforts to save the 713.

The Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum is located in Portland, Oregon and is dedicated to remembering the great contributions made by U.S. Navy personnel of WWII that sailed into harms way aboard LCIs as well as the many Marines and Soldiers that they carried into battle. These little ships and the men that… Continue

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At 7:42pm on July 22, 2008, Tim Gulliford said…
Well that is really cool that you are connected to 713 by the way of your father. That is how I am connected to the Hornet as my father served on her during the Vietnam war and Apollo missions. Funding seems to be the issue with all museums especially the ships. My old ship, USS Saratoga has been seeking funding for ages and even lost an attempt in Florida to convert her to a museum. Rhode Island took that opportunity to tow her and seek funding to convert her into a museum.
When I was reading about 713, I found a website about historic ships and found a ship that I did not have a clue was close to me. So, I started a command for MSO-458. Check out her website and you will see they are also seeking volunteers, funding, and now a new port to call home. It is Great to see anyone interested in helping preserve history takes the time to give in any form. My hats off to you!
At 9:27pm on June 12, 2008, Douglas Karr said…
Welcome Aboard, Richard! You had mentioned a fund raiser for the Amphibious Museum - be sure to write a new blog post about it. We'd love to see some photos as well!

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