Isbir, Amin, PO3

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Last Rank
Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1944, BM-0000, US Coast Guard (USCG)/USCG Vessels
Service Years
1933 - 1944
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
McKeesport, PA
Last Address
Killed on D-Day, 6 June 1944
Invasion of Normandy, France

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates

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Assault Boat Coxswain

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World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry

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Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)US NavyAmphibious Forces School Camp BradfordAdvancement Schools and Courses
US 6th Naval Beach BattalionSurface Vessels USS No NameUS Coast Guard (USCG)
  1933-1942, BM-0000, NMCRC Pittsburgh
  1943-1943, BM-0000, Fort Pierce
  1943-1943, BM-0000, Sampson
  1943-1944, BM-0000, Amphibious Forces School Camp Bradford
  1944-1944, BM-0000, Amphibious Embarcation Course
  1944-1944, BM-0000, US 6th Naval Beach Battalion
  1944-1944, BM-0000, Surface Vessels USS No Name
  1944-1944, BM-0000, US Coast Guard (USCG)/USCG Vessels
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  The family's final story...3
  The 6th Naval Beach Battalion D-Day training
  Feb 12, 1945, The Army's PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION, full text:
  Mar 25, 1945, Awarded: French Croix de Guerre for bravery and the Purple Heart2
  Sep 30, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
6th Naval Beach Battalion, LCI-L 88
Coxswain Amin Isbir, USNR
Killed in Action on Omaha Beach
at Normandy France on D-Day
6 June 1944

At 07:35, Coast Guard operated LCI-L 88 arrived at the Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach.  Petty Officer  Amin Isbir and his Company C8 platoonmates of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion were being transported along with members of the 5th Engineers Special Brigade and 1st Infantry Division soldiers.  During the landing, the ship came under heavy fire, losing one of its two ramps along with a number of the soldiers from the Big Red One.  Beachmaster Joseph Vaghi and Isbir were some of the first men down the remaining port side ramp.  A short time later, as they were placing a fallen soldier onto a stretcher, a shell from a German railway gun five miles away landed onto the beach hurling a weapons carrier, a sort oversized jeep into the air.  The vehicle landed on Isbir killing him instantly.  Ensign Vaghi was knocked unconscious from the blast.  Due to continued hostilities, Isbir's body was not recovered until two days later and his death was listed as June 8, 1944.   Isbir was posthumously awarded the French Croix de Guerre for bravery and the Purple Heart.  The date of his death, and grave marker in France, were corrected in 2008 and 2009 through the persistence of his family, especially his grandnephew, Eric Montgomery.

On June 6th, 2012, the name of Amin Isbir was added to the Necrology Wall at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford Virginia.   Isbir became the 2,499th name listed as confirmed US Serviceman killed in action on D-Day.   Montgomery delivered the keynote address which chronicaled the efforts made to validate the addition of his great uncle to the wall.

"Time will not dim the glory of your deeds."

Amin Isbir was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the family received statements from the French Government and President Roosevelt honoring his service and sacrifice.  The French Government also awarded him and all the members of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion the French Croix de Guerre for bravery.  In 2000, the 6th Naval Beach Battalion was finally awarded a Presidential Unit Citation.  It should be noted, the 6th Naval Beach Battalion is the only Navy Unit to ever receive the Army version of the Presidential Unit Citation:

"The extraordinary gallantry, heroism, and determination displayed in overcoming unusual difficulties and hazardous conditions and the esprit de corps displayed by the 6th Naval Beach Battalion contributed materially to the capture of Omaha Beach and reflect highest credit on personnel of this organization and the Armed Forces of the United States."


To make the names stand out on the white marble grave markers at Normandy, they are rubbed with a fine golden sand. The Sand from Omaha Beach has Been Found to be the Only Sand Not to Discolor the Marble.    The photos above show the final etching of the June 8th headstone shortly before it was removed.
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