The Author of lsm-87.com

First off I would like to thank you for visiting this website.

My name is Mark R. Kurzinski and I am the grandson of Lt.(jg) Edward F. Kurzinski, Engineering Officer of LSM-87.  I created this website in honor of him and for the officers and crew who served on her during the latter parts of World War II.  Their contribution and sacrifice to preserving our American ways of life, liberty and freedom for all, cannot be overstated.  We all owe them our eternal gratitude for their service to this country.

I can remember listening to my grandfather's stories of his time aboard "Crash," the nickname the crew gave her for her uncanny ability to find things to run into.  I was always in awe of the things he did and the sights he saw.  From the early age of 7, I wanted to follow in his footsteps and join the Navy to "see the world."

I enlisted in the Navy in 1993 to eventually become an Avionics Electronics Technician after boot camp at Great Lakes IL. and Avionics "A" school at Millington TN.  There, I learned to work on the F-14 Tomcat and would find myself stationed in two Tomcat squadrons, the VF-11 Red Rippers and the VX-9 Evaluators.  Aboard VF-11, I served on two carriers during my tour with the Rippers, a 6 month Westpac deployment on the USS Carl Vinson and a World Cruise on the USS John C. Stennis.  After three years of applying to officer accession programs, I was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and was admitted to the University of San Diego's Naval Reserve Officers Training Course.  I am very fortunate to be provided the opportunity to become an officer in the United States Navy and to follow in my grandfather's footsteps.

On May 26, 2003 I was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy Reserve.  In September, I reported to flight training at NAS Pensacola in Florida.  I had been selected to be among the first Naval Flight Officers to fly in the newest training aircraft, the T-6A Texan II.  After completing Primary flight training and receiving a promotion to Lieutenant (jg) June 2005, I transferred to the Surface Warfare community where I was stationed on the USS SHOUP (DDG 86) in Everett WA as the Strike Warfare Officer.  I was in charge of all Tomahawk cruise missile operations onboard the ship, a very crucial function of a Guided Missile Destroyer.  Also, as a collateral duty, I became the Legal Officer and handled all types of law and disciplinary concerns.  With my sea tour complete, I have now transferred to Navy Region Mid-West Reserve Component Command in Great Lakes IL as the assistant operations and training officer.  In August 2007, I was promoted to full Lieutenant.

I am very proud to serve this country and equally proud of my grandfather's service to this country as well.  Again, I thank you for your visit here and wish you fair winds and following seas.

Respectfully,

Lieutenant Mark R. Kurzinski, USN

 
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To view the projects I worked on while attaining my Communications degree at the University of San Diego, click HERE.

Revised 10/07/08 by Mark R. Kurzinski


My father Cass and I


Standing beside a T-6A Texan II


With my Mom on the SHOUP