The Battle of Exercise Tiger: The LST's Finest Hour
What began as a top secret naval operation to prepare US Army and Naval forces for the June 6th D-Day Invasion, would end with one of the highest losses ever suffered in combat by the US Army and Navy in WW II.
A Word From the Executive Director of the Exercise Tiger Association

Thanks for visiting. Please contact me with any questions you may have
Susan Haines
National Executive Director, Chief Of Staff
Phone: 1.877.WW2.TIGR
Fax: 573.449.8069


If YOU want to honor a veteran, then the “Tiger” Foundation needs your help!

Since 1989 the Exercise Tiger Foundation has honored over 5,000 veterans, students,

civilians and active duty and guard troops. The “Tiger” Foundation has over 35 separate awards and medals. Annually the Foundation honors active duty troops with its highly achieved “Adopt A Serviceman” program. Each April the WWII Battle of Exercise Tiger is honored and remembered. We need your help to continue our mission. It would be

a great honor to include you as a major donor or sponsor, or “angel”. Please contact National Director Susan Haines.

The trophies, medals and plaques cost money. Awardees have never been charged, but each trophy, plaque or medal costs way over $25.00 to produce, make and send. So we

ask you to please help us to continue to honor our veterans, civilians, students, and active duty troops. A donation or grant of $20,000 $50,000 or $100,00 would fund several years of programs.

Donation, Endowments, Grants & Sponsorships,
Naming Rights and Capital Projects

The Exercise Tiger Foundation relies on donations grants gifts in kind and other sources to continue to honor our men and women in uniform and those who have served since WWII. If you wish to make a contribution you may do so by sending a money order or check directly to the foundation. However should you wish to make a major donation or grant, contact the National Director Susan Haines directly at 573.356.3093 or 1-877-WWII-TIGR. If you make an endowment or large donation we have numerous options to name awards programs and memorials after you. Also if you are a business or corporation we have naming rights and sponsorship available. We have an immediate need to have a sponsor for our Military Working Dog Award by either a pet food company, veterinarian, veterinary hospital or pet shop again contact the national director Susan Haines.
Have your name or loved ones name live on by our Foundation's naming an award in their honor. For more information contact our national office.

New Major Projects Planned - Funding Needed

1.) Eternal Flame of Valor for Iraq & Afghanistan Troops
2.) New Memorial Design at Mexico, MO

Several new projects are planned funding is needed to complete them.

The Exercise Tiger Eternal Flame of Valor for Iraq & Afghanistan Wars is a concept that needs a location, costing in the neighborhood of $25,000. The flame dedicated to our 5000 troops killed since 2001 and those 50, 000 wounded would be a unique memorial. The first of its kind in the United States we would like for it to be located in Columbia Missouri, but are open to all interested parties. Contact the National Director.

The second project should be to redesign the Exercise Tiger Army & Navy Anchor Memorial in Mexico, MO. Additional funding is needed for this project as well. The Audrain County commissioners are updating the courthouse facilities to accommodate handicapped and physically impaired individuals.

Other projects funds are needed for along with legislative assistance are: Current & Future Programs, USS Exercise Tiger LPD (Future warship named after Tiger), MODOT Signage on Interstate 70, VFW 280 Plaque, CATS Campaign, HEROS Campaign, & Military Appreciation Day Game Trophy.

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New Medal To Be Awarded in the Fall

The Exercise Tiger Medal for Combat Valor will be presented this fall at the "Tiger" Foundations 17th Annual "Adopt A Serviceman" Program in Columbia, Missouri. The medal recipients will include those adopted servicemen & women who meet the criteria as well as the first class of medal recipients listed below.

Tiger Medal of Valor Recipients: The First Class
Tiger Vets
Tom Glynn, LST 289, US Navy
Earl Thatcher, LST 289, US Navy
Tom Oakley, US Navy, WWII
Walter Domanski, Sr., US Navy , LST 496
Ensign Bernard "Bud" Carey, LST 507
Michael "Tex" Gyros, US Navy, WWII
Nathan Bruckenthal, USCG, Iraq War

Other names will be listed in the future. To be nominated for an award medal, write the association and include DOD Form 214 or separation papers and any letter of endorsement of your actions. All wars, conflicts and military operations are eligible. If posthumous award please include all information on the serviceman and his or her actions.

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Please join us for our upcoming special events honoring our military.
- The next scheduled event will be April 28, 2015, the 71st Anniversary of the WWII Battle of Exercise Tiger!
There will be a wreath laying to commemorate the anniversary, the 100th Anniversary of the
US Navy Reserve and the 100th Anniversary of the US Coast Guard, at USCG Station Barnegat Light - Noon

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'Hero Cat' gets award from national military foundation
By BakersfieldNow staff Published: Sep 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM PDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Tara the "Hero Cat" was honored Friday with an award from a national foundation that usually honors members of the military.

The U.S. Exercise Tiger Foundation honored the cat and her family with the Order of the Blue Tiger Award.

In May, the cat's boy, young Jeremy Triantafilo, was riding his bike in front of his house when a neighbor's dog attacked him. That was when Tara came to the rescue.

The cat pounced on the larger-dog, chasing it away and saving her boy. The family's home security cameras captured the incident, and the video was uploaded to YouTube.

The rest is viral video history.

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Published: Sep 27, 2014

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Tara, the hero cat from Bakersfield, CA will receive a national award on Friday, Sept. 26th at the Bakersfield Veterans Center, 1110 Golden State Ave., at 11:30 a.m.  The U.S. Exercise Tiger Foundation, a leading national foundation that honors  veterans and the military, will present to Tara and her family, the “Order of the Blue Tiger Award”.  This honor has always been given to Combat K-9, and military working dogs.

“We had to use a special waiver to allow “Tara” to receive this award, as it is solely given to honor military canines,”  stated  National Director, Susan Haines.  “I can honestly say that “Tara” has been the only cat to ever receive this award”.

Tara’s quick action last May saved the life of her human pal, Jeremy, from the jaws of a angry dog that savagely grabbed young Jeremy’s leg and began to maul the 4 yr. old.   Tara, an 8lb. Tabby cat flung her body at the dog, making it lose its grip on the boy.   Tara faced down the dog, and chased it away.  Tara then went back to check on Jeremy, and placed herself between the boy and dog, until an adult came to the boys aid.

Tara’s actions moved the nation.  Also, many veterans remarked that she had actions like trained combat K-9, and that no canine could have done better.  The U.S. Tiger Foundation’s “Blue Tiger” award has been given to top military working canines, from the USAF, ARMY, and Coast Guard.  Tara will be the first feline to get a canine award.

More importantly, several California military Veterans from Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan wars will receive the Medal of Combat Valor.  This is the Foundation’s highest medal for warriors and veterans.  Tara’s actions brought credit to her, her community, and by honoring her, we have an opportunity to also honor very deserving area veterans.  This will be part of her legacy, that U.S. Service men and women will be honored due to her actions.

The U.S. Exercise Tiger Commemorative Foundation is named in honor of the WWII Pre D-Day Battle of

Exercise Tiger, in which 8 U.S.Navy LSTs of Convoy Taffy 4 with over 4,000 soldiers and sailors aboard was savagely attacked by German navy torpedo boats.  Over 1,000 soldiers and sailors were killed when 2 LSTs were sunk in the battle.  Due to the secrecy surrounding the D-Day invasion, the battle was unknown and kept secret for many years.

Since 1989, the Exercise Tiger Foundation has annually commemorated the April 28, 1944 Battle, and  has honored over  5,000 veterans and warriors for the past 25 years.

The ceremony will include a color guard, awards, and photo ops, and will begin at 11:30 a.m.   The public and veterans are invited to attend.

Joe F. Acosta  MSW, ACSW
Team Leader
Bakersfield Vet Center
1110 Golden State Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 323-VETS (8387)
(661) 325-8387 (Fax)
75th Ranger Regiment—“Sua Sponte”
Keeping The Promise!
 U.S. Exercise Tiger Foundation, National Director, Susan Haines, at 573-356-3093. 

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Exercise Tiger Logo 1st Coast Guard Boat to Lay Tiger Wreath... Dedication 8/4/14

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Exercise Tiger Logo USCG St. Barnegat Light hosts 25th Consecutive Wreath Laying

Left, Susan Haines Nat. Exec. Dir., Assemblywoman Dianne Gove, USCG Station. Barnegat Light Commander, Kevin Speer. Col. Charles Coursey, Capt. Chris Fletcher, Joint Deputy Base Commanders McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst.

Pictured, WWII Exercise Tiger survivor, Earl Thatcher, Capt Christopher Fletcher, Lakehurst Dix McGuire joint base. Deputy commander. US. Navy. Susan Haines Nat. Exec. Director, Exercise Tiger Commemorative Foundation
Exercise Tiger Logo USCG St. Barnegat Light hosts 25th Consecutive Wreath Laying
Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Speer, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, N.J., prepares to place a wreath in Barnegat Inlet Monday, April 28, 2014. The wreath was laid to honor the soldiers and sailors who lost their lives during the World War II Battle of Exercise Tiger, April 28, 1944. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cynthia Oldham Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Speer, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, N.J., is presented a Distinguished Unit Award from Susan Haines, National Executive Director of the Exercise Tiger Foundation, Monday, April 28, 2014. The station's crew earned the award for hosting the unit's 25th consecutive wreath laying ceremony to honor the soldiers and sailors who lost their lives during the World War II Battle of Exercise Tiger, April 28, 1944. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cynthia Oldham
BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. — The crew of Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light hosted a remembrance ceremony and wreath laying on Long Beach Island Monday to honor those who fought in The Battle of Exercise Tiger April 28, 1944.

The annual ceremony pays tribute to the 749 sailors and soldiers who lost their lives April 28, 1944, during The Battle of Exercise Tiger, which began as a top secret naval operation designed to prepare troops for the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion.

On this 70th anniversary of Exercise Tiger, one of the wreaths was laid in honor of Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, who was on a security mission April 24, 2004, when suicide bombers initiated a waterborne assault near the Iraqi Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal. He was severely wounded and later died from his injuries.

The Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light crew earned a Distinguished Unit Award for hosting the unit's 25th consecutive wreath-laying ceremony.

"I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to recognize the efforts of our service members, especially the veterans from World War II and the D-Day invasion, the Korean and Vietnam wars, and all the members of Exercise Tiger," said Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Speer, commanding officer of Station Barnegat Light. "There's really no way this unit, the United States Coast Guard or this country can repay you for your sacrifices that you and your generation have made for our country."

BOSTON (AP) — An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that surveyed the wreckage to mark the disaster's 70th anniversary.

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Exercise Tiger Logo Annual "Exercise Tiger" Wreath Laying Hits 25 Year Mark


This April 28th will mark a milestone in U.S. Coast Guard as well as military history.  The annual Exercise Tiger wreath laying by USCG motor life boat began in 1989 by the Exercise Tiger Association and USCG Station Barnegat Light reaches 25 years on Monday, April 28.  This tradition honors the soldiers and sailors of the WWII pre-D-Day Battle of Exercise Tiger.  On 28 April 1944, 8 US Navy troop ships, were attacked by German navy torpedo boats.  Two LSTs were sunk, a third was crippled, and over 749 soldiers and sailors were killed in combat.

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Exercise Tiger Logo Proposed New Design for "Tiger" Anchor Memorial Announced
U.S. Exercise Tiger Foundation proposed new design for "Tiger" Anchor Memorial, to be repositioned at the Audrain County Court House, in Mexico, MO
Battle of Exercise Tiger New Memorial 2015
Exercise Tiger Logo Historic Event - 25th Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony
The 25th Annual Wreath Laying Commemorative Ceremony for USCG Barnegat Light and the USCG Life Boat Hull #44355 will be part of this year's 70th Anniversary of the WWII Battle of Exercise Tiger to be held on April 28th, 2014.
Exercise Tiger Logo 103rd ESC Winter Ball - Des Moines, Iowa
The US Exercise Tiger Foundation Presented Medals of Combat Valor to numerous troops and cadre at the 103rd winter ball.
Brig. General Deblick, US Army, Brig. General Mark Corson, US Army (r), Susan Haines, Executive National Director, Lt. General (Retired) Jack C. Stultz. Former Chief, Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command Brig. General Deblick, US Army, Brig. General Mark Corson, US Army (r), Susan Haines, Executive National Director, Pat Rowe Kerr, Deputy Director of Volunteers, for 'Tiger", Deputy Coordinator of Volunteer Services,Lt. General (Retired) Jack C. Stultz. Former Chief, Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command
Exercise Tiger Logo Veteran Recalls "Forgotten" Korean War
by Patrick Rawlings, KOMU 8 Reporter 

COLUMBIA - Veterans are recalling their "forgotten war," 60 years after an armistice signaled a ceremonial end to the conflict in Korea.

Army veteran Bob Wade said he and others returned home to a welcome they were not expecting.

"There was no attention, no attention made at all," he said. "Things went on like they wanted to go on."

"Some of the boys started coming home, especially the wounded ones, there wasn't much publicity about it," said Wade, who is a member of VFW post 280 in Columbia.

"There was publicity about the battles and the movements," he said. "But as far as what we were doing there, I don't think that the American people got an idea of what there really was."


Exercise Tiger Logo Department of Defense Honors Exercise Tiger

National Director Susan Haines accepts Department of Defense Korean War Plaque for
her role in recognizing over 100 Korean War veterans at the April 28th National Exercise
Tiger 69th Anniversary Ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, NJ.

(insert pic of Susan with CWO Jay Greiner, commander of USCG Station Barnegat Light, Commander John O'Brien and Col. David Clark of the Department of Defense Korean War Commemoration Committee. Col. David Clark presented United States
Exercise Tiger Foundation National Director, Susan Haines with a Korean War 60th Anniversary Plaque from the Department of Defense.

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Receives "Blue Tiger" Award

A U.S. Coast Guard K-9 has been honored with the "Military Order of the Blue Tiger" Award. A U.S. Coast Guard K-9 became the nation's first USCG Dog to be honored with the "Blue Tiger" award. He joins several USAF Military Working Dogs with this prestigious honor. His handler is Petty Officer Jason Agar, who Becomes the only USCG Handler with this distinction.

Exercise Tiger Logo Proposed New Memorial Announced

December 27, 2012
Artist Rendition of New Proposed
National War Memorial for Iraq and Afghanistan 

PDF STATEMENT to Families and residens of Newtown, Connecticut, prayers
"The Iraq and Afghanistan National War Memorial
& Eternal Flame of Valor"
Projected for Columbia and/or Mid-Missouri Region.

The United States Exercise Tiger National Commemorative Foundation's Eternal Flame of Valor Memorial would be the Nation's first war memorial to honor some 4,000 soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan . The Eternal Flame of Valor Memorial would be placed on a raised platform flanked by two Missouri limestone walls that bear all the names of each war. It would be ideally suited for a local, state or county courthouse lawn, or for a University or ROTC setting, local or state park setting, with local or private partnering. This is very unique to the United States as there is no memorial to the men and women who gave 'the ultimate sacrifice' during these conflicts.

Contact Susan Haines, National Director at 1-800-328-6269 if you or your organization would like to be part of this project.

Exercise Tiger Logo New Tiger Logo for 2012 and Beyond

For 2012 the Tiger Foundation is proud to announce it has a new logo to help "market" the identity of the Tiger Foundation. The "Jumping Tiger" logo will join the Foundations existing seal logo design. "It will help with "bridging" the organization and is both classy and agressive just like the Tiger Foundation", stated Susan Haines, National Director.

Exercise Tiger Logo First "Welcome Home" Medals & Pins Awarded to Iraq Troops
The Exercise Tiger National Director delivers speeches at Mexico and Columbia, MO.
Susan Haines delivers speeches at the National Ceremony April 28th, commemorating the 68th Anniversary of Exercise Tiger. These ceremonies along with three more were coordinated by the Exercise Tiger Foundation's National Office Located in Columbia.
"Welcome Home" Medals & Pins
Awarded to Iraq Troops

The Tiger Foundation's first medals to officially welcome home US Troops were presented to Army, Navy, Army Reserve, and National Guard Troops on April 28th, 2012 at the nation's 2nd official "Welcome Home" tribute in Columbia Missouri sponsored by the Exercise Tiger Foundation.
Exercise Tiger Logo Joint ceremony honors troops past and present

COLUMBIA, MO — Eighty-eight-year-old David Troyer was barely 20 when his unit joined thousands of troops to stage a rehearsal for the storied D-Day invasion that turned the tide against Nazi Germany in World War II.

In the early morning hours of April 28, 1944, the secret operation known as Exercise Tiger was interrupted by a flotilla of German E-boats, and by daybreak, 749 American sailors and soldiers were dead. The body count included 201 Missourians

"They mowed a lot of us down," Troyer said yesterday at the conclusion"... more

Brigadier General Mark Corson reading the governor's proclamation declaring April 28th "Exercise Tiger Day" for the State of Missouri.
Click here to read the full article by Jodie Jackson The Columbia Daily Tribune
Exercise Tiger Logo WWII 68th Anniversary of Exercise Tiger Celebration

MEXICO, MO — The Exercise Tiger Commemorative Foundation celebrated the WWII 68th Anniversary of Exercise Tiger Saturday in downtown Mexico, and complemented the historic event with a "Welcome Home Troops" theme. The event, held in front of the Exercise Tiger Army and Navy Anchor Memorial at the Audrain County Courthouse, opened with a military vehicle convoy, remarks from the Secretary of the Navy and Secretary of Army, a Governor's Proclamation proclaiming April 28 as Exercise Tiger Day... more

Military men stand guard at Mexico's Exercise Tiger Memorial at the Audrain County Courthouse. Photo by Kimberly Long Click here to read the full article by Kimberly Long at the Mexico Ledger
Adopt a Serviceman Program Stamp Adopt A Serviceman & Servicewoman Program
The "Adopt A Serviceman" Program is an annual event for the state of Missouri. It began in 1999 as the "Adopt An Airman" program and has continued to grow every year now honoring all branches of military service. As long as there is a need for our armed forces to serve, there is a need to honor those who are routinely placed in harms way. It is truly an honor to recognize the individual efforts of enlisted NCOs and the personnel of the US Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Marines. We encourage you to find about more about this program and current and past honorees.
The CATS For K-9's Program

The Military Order of the Blue Tiger (MBOT) is to be an annual National Award for MWD's of all services. 
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Military Dog Has Its Day
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In the News: Bomb-sniffing dog wins MO. honor
In the News: Missouri Dog to be Nation's First Blue Tiger Award Winner

Exercise Tiger Award Tiger Association Awards

Exercise Tiger GalleryThe Tiger Association has given out many awards over the years to many recipients. Please take a look at the names of some of these worthy individuals.





The first of the “Hero Ships” series on the History Channel features a profile of the LST and a segment with one of our former staff members.
From the History Channel... “The Hero Ships series profiles the complete combat history and evolving technology of a single American ship, often through multiple conflicts. These are the battleships, destroyers, aircraft carriers, submarines, and specialized ships that belong in the warship hall of fame. Archival footage and interviews are punctuated by all-access inspections of the ship's "battle stations," conducted by young, active Navy sailors. The series lets us understand the role of each weapon and technology, the dramas that unfolded in different rooms during the heat of battle, and the unique traditions and stories of each vessel.”

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Exercise Tiger Logo The Foundation & Its History
The New Jersey Exercise Tiger Association began in 1989 with two veterans of the battle Bud Carey, LST 507 and Tom Glynn, LST 289. It's Executive Director, Walter Domanski Jr. is the son of the late "Tiger" vet Walter "Guns" Domanski Sr. of LST 496. Walter Jr. is also a former U.S. Navy Midshipman from the Missouri University's NROTC unit. He was nicknamed "Guns" in 1993 by Lt. Commander Rob Raine Chief PAO at Philadelphia Naval Base out of respect for his father and because of his efforts on behalf of all Tiger vets...
For Past Operation Exercise Tiger Articles from 2013 and older click here...  

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