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A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.-- General Douglas MacArthur
Combat in the Battle of Saipan6316 Reads
On June 15th 1944 the 2nd Armored Amphibian Bn invaded the Island of Saipan. The 2nd Armored was the first amtrac to be fitted with a open turret and a 75 mm canon, and was to be used as an assualt weapon to get heavy fire power to the beach before the infantry landed. We left the LST's with 72 Armored Amtracs, and only 23 made it all the way to the beach. The Japanese had zeroed in on exact places on the reef, and as the armored tanks got to that spot, they opened fire with heavy artillery and heavy mortars.
Our Armored Amphtrac was assigned to Co. D 2nd Platoon, and our objective was to proceed 1000 yards inland and secure a Japanese air strip. Also knocking out pill boxes and artillery implacments as we advanced. When we got to what was supposed to be the airstrip, we found that it was a fake strip, and the planes there were nothing more than props. When we were ready to fight our way back to the beach, my Tank Commander, Sgt. Johnson saw one of our amphibs stuck in a tank trap. We hooked on a cable and pulled the other tank out, but in the process, burned up our clutch, and were unable to move. By this time, the Japanese had recovered from the Navy bombardment, and were all over the place. They were shelling us with mortars as well as light and heavy artillery,. When we took a couple of hits, Sgt. Johnson ordered us to bail out and try and get back to the beach, about 1000 yards away.
Note: by Bill Hoover
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