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Crain was 1 of the seaman in the boat. They were on a transport ship originally. When Crain was on the transport ship he spent most of the time on the bridge. He enjoyed being on the bridge because he was privy to a little bit more information when it came to where the ship was going.From the Normandy invasion on Crain was a coxswain. The LCVPs [Annotator's Note: Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel] were able to carry a small artillery piece or even a jeep. The Normandy invasion was the toughest part of the war with Crain. Never before had he seen so many body parts, bodies, wreckage, and chaos.It was the hardest landing Crain ever had to make. The seas were roughly 8 feet. Only 1 boat and 1 man were lost in Crain's outfit. Crain took men in on the third wave. The waves were situated 6 minutes apart. When Crain was landing he noted that the third wave was able to advance slightly inland because of the foothold that the first 2 waves had established.After Crain brought in his first wave of troops he was instructed to head back to the ship and get more men. After he got more men he was set in to deliver another wave about 2 hours later. Crain was not able to hear much in terms of the fight that was going on in front of them. As a result of the surf he was not able to focus on much else other than making sure the boat was landing straight and delivering the men effectively. A few times Crain saw machine gun fire and was able to pause for a second and realize that a battle was occuring on the beach.


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