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amtrac

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As the amtracs chugged along, the battleships Colorado (BB-45) and Maryland (BB-46) fired their massive 16-inch guns, answering the Japanese naval gun emplacements that initiated the historic battle for Tarawa.
As the line of amtracs chugged toward shore, my mouth felt like I was chewing on dry cotton.
AMTRAC PLATOON BLT 2/4 & 26 June 2-5, Quantico, VA, Contact: Gene Cox, Ph: 602-840-6262, Email: capteecox@aol.com.
We quickly ran into sniper fire from Japanese holed up in disabled amtracs. Several Marines were re-injured and had to be taken to the shelter of the pier.
As we moved along, I noticed continuing rifle fire coming from a nearby disabled amtrac. It had to be from a Japanese soldier who had made his way to the craft and was acting as a sniper.
Offering some help, amtracs were growling back and forth from offshore transports, ferrying in supplies and carrying out the wounded.
"Keep your heads down going in on the amtrac [amphibious tractor].
The amtracs 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.
The dismissal of the amtrac was part of a larger underestimation of the difficulties the soldiers would face when they landed.
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.
So-called "amtrac" crews are responsible for driving and maintaining assault amphibian vehicles.
I made my way forward to one of the two .50-caliber machine guns aboard our amtrac. Though I was a young PFC (private first class), my squad leader had chosen me for that position, and I was most proud and knew others were envious.