An LSI (Landing Ship Infantry) brings troops ashore at San Simeon during Operation Surf Board on March 21, 1955. There were 5,000 soldiers and 12,000 sailors on 50 ships involved in the exercise.
An LSI (Landing Ship Infantry) brings troops ashore at San Simeon during Operation Surf Board on March 21, 1955. There were 5,000 soldiers and 12,000 sailors on 50 ships involved in the exercise. California Military Department Historical Collection
An LSI (Landing Ship Infantry) brings troops ashore at San Simeon during Operation Surf Board on March 21, 1955. There were 5,000 soldiers and 12,000 sailors on 50 ships involved in the exercise. California Military Department Historical Collection

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Photographer David Middlecamp has been delving into The Tribune's archives to share historical photos and articles about the Central Coast with readers since 2007. Reach him at dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com .