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When Crain got a chance to examine his boat he noticed there were about 50 to 75 marks in the steel where bullets had ricocheted off. Crain remembers seeing artillery shells landing in the water but his boat was unharmed [Annotator's Note: During the invasion of Normandy, June 1944].When Crain was landing the men he could only get the boat so far in because the beach had underwater terraces. Crain brought the boat in as hard as he could and actually slammed into an underwater terrace. It was important to ground the boat in that much surf because if it had opened prematurely the boat would have sunk. Crain wants to make sure that noone believes that any Higgins boat prematurely dropped its ramp. If that ever happened the boat would have immediately sunk.Crain made numerous practice runs before the invasion of Sicily. It got to the point where the actual landing felt like a regular maneuver. Crain was in Sicily for about 8 or 9 days.

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