He was a Forward Observer in one of the lead amtracs
of the 1st Marines for the Peleliu landing, and saw fierce fighting for a week before the unit was relieved due to massive casualties.
We made the dangerous descent down the cargo nets and dropped into the bobbing amtracs
1ST AND 3RD AMTRACS
VIETNAM June 23-26, Swansboro, NC, Contact: Fred Davidson, Ph: 410-819-8774, Email: fdamd44@aol.
A rifle company that was preparing to deploy to Okinawa, Japan, joined the exercise to become familiar with ship-to-shore movements and shipboard life as it relates to amtracs
, Spiese said.
Its 20,000 Marines moved in 8,000 amtracs
, Humvees, and other vehicles.
There were several knocked-out Marine tanks along with many disabled amtracs
3 & 4 PLATOON "A" COMPANY, 3RD AMTRACS
The 306th called up tank destroyers, self-propelled howitzers, and amtracs
(officially LVTs, or landing vehicles, tracked) to support a crossing of the Antilao River, using point-blank fire to destroy well-prepared enemy defenses.
launch time for the operation, the first wave of marine-filled amtracs
began whining its way toward Peleliu's beaches.
could do what flat-bottomed LCVPs (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel, or "Higgins boats") could not: climb over the Pacific's troublesome reefs and deliver marines beyond exposed beaches.
One wonders how many of the GIs who drowned in the surf or were shot dead on the beach might have lived if they had been landed in amtracs
instead of Higgins boats.
From there, the amtracs
would lead the first assault waves south towards the reef, which jutted up from the sea bottom 600-800 yards from their target.