This site was developed as a tribute to the memory of my father,
Stanley Galik and is divided primarily in two separate stories.
One story concentrates on my father's life, especially his experiences
serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and with the US
Navy during World War II. The other story chronicles the saga
of the LCI (L) 35, the Landing Craft Infantry Ship that my father
served aboard during the war. The site is organized as follows:
Provides an overview of Stanley's life touching briefly on his
Camp experiences, military career,
CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS (CCC)
Details Stanley's experience in CCC Camps in
New Mexico and
Pennsylvania and includes many
postcards and photos of friends and
fellow CCC members.
WORLD WAR II EXPERIENCES
This section highlights Stanley's military career and covers his
enlistment, training, and his overseas duty in North Africa, Sicily,
Italy, England and France. This story concludes with his return
home, his marriage to "Blondie", and his Honorable Discharge in
1945. You can share in his experiences and gain an insight
into his thoughts during the war through excerpts from the letters
he sent to his sister Mae that are included in this section of the
THE LCI (L) 35
A detailed history of Stanley Galik's
ship during World War II, the Landing Craft Infantry LCI (L) 35,
is also included. The ship's entire history is chronicled in this
section beginning with its commissioning on January 28, 1943 and
ending with its decommissioning on November 15, 1944.
Special sections are dedicated to the LCI
35 Officers and Crew as well as details pertaining to the
Landing Craft Infantry (Large) Ship.
The photo gallery includes hundreds of postcards, photos of sailors and soldiers, and other memorabilia that were part of my
father's scrapbook collection. Additional material will be added in future updates.
This section contains
some of Stanley's poems that were published as "Thoughts"
in the early 1970s. Additional published and unpublished works will also
be added to the site periodically.
ABOUT THIS SITE
This area of the site includes acknowledgements, resources used,
links, a site map, and contact information.