Amphibious invasions

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It was decided that the Laffey was going to head to Washington, DC and be tied up next to the Naval Gun Factory. The...
Delewski took part in the Normandy operation. That was the first time the Laffey saw action. He was put in charge of...
[Annotators Note: Arthur Pendleton served in the USMC as a machine gunner in Company H, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine...
Crain was 1 of the seaman in the boat. They were on a transport ship originally. When Crain was on the transport ship...
When Charles Scheffel became a platoon leader, he used all of the ammunition that they could teaching his men about...
The Marines felt that they were good when it came to their training and their ability to fight. They landed on Namur on...
After going over the side, the boats would then form up waves of ten or twelve boats which rode around in circles until...
They started back to Australia to begin the process of removing the dead from the ship [Annotator’s Note: from the USS...
Bailey had been walking around the ship [Annotator's Note: the ship that was taking him to the invasion of Okinawa]. He...
Kassal was sent back to the United States for five weeks before finally making it overseas. They traveled through...
After the war ended in Africa they continued training in the desert. The men were given passes to go into Tunisia but...
James Goodrich thinks that people had a greater hatred for the Japanese than the Germans in America. He credits hearing...
[Annotators Note: James Smith served in the USMC as a radioman and rifleman in the 1st Marine Raider Battalion.] They...
Sicily was an easier operation than Italy. Theodore Finkbeiner and his company [Annotators Note: Company H, 2nd...
Most of the combat they [Annotators Note: Arthur Jackson and his fellow Marines of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine...
[Annotators Note: Henry Phillips served as an officer in Company M, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry...
Richard Ford left Bampton and went through Tidworth, England. They were there in the winter of 1942 to 1943. They were...
Mancel Kirk and his fellow Company G, 168th Infantry Regiment GIs stayed in that area for four or five days then they...
At 3:30 a.m. [Annotator's Note: 6 June 1944], Baumgarten and Company B started disembarking from the ship. The weather...
They took a lot of casualties as well. The Navy is unlike the Army because the Army upper echelon sits behind the lines...
It was dark and they were trying to figure a way out [Annotators Note: after landing on Anzio]. They stumbled upon some...
Bloody Ridge had other names but that night it was officially named Bloody Ridge. It was the one spot that the Japanese...
In Africa they were out in the desert were the French Foreign Legion was training and were headquartered. They worked...
Renstrom notes that one of the hardest things for a Marine, or anybody, is to see your first American blood [Annotator’...
There were little pockets of resistance [Annotator’s Note: during the first days on Okinawa]. His company started...
David Dennis went with his unit to New York where they got on the Queen Mary. Teddy Roosevelt was the commander of the...
They were on General's Quarters [Annotator's Note: ready for battle] for 72 hours. The guys would take turns on their...
Years ago Delewski did an interview for National Geographic. He accompanied his commanding officer Captain Becton [...
The strike groups began hitting Guam and Saipan on the 12th [Annotator's Note: 12 June 1944] in preparation for the...
James was there for about 2 or 3 months for ground school. He was then shipped to Lafayette. He did not make his first...
Lynn Compton was not told about the upcoming invasion while he was in Holborn. Compton could tell by the outlay of land...
When Crain got a chance to examine his boat he noticed there were about 50 to 75 marks in the steel where bullets had...
Fortunately the boat Mervosh was in did not get hit [Annotator's Note: during the invasion of Saipan in June 1944]....
After the invasion they left Southern France [Annotator's Note: Perrett means Northern France, in June 1944] and...
From Pearl Harbor they were sent to the Pacific [Annotator’s Note: the crew of the USS Missouri in January 1945] and...
They got on three different ships to haul the First Marine Division on August 25th [Annotator’s Note: 1944]. They...

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