We drove a few old LVT(A)1 tanks in and out of surf, none had a working radio.

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: Our first job in maintenance was getting operational the few LVT's others had left behind.

Among many problems, the breaker points in their magnetos had frozen in salt air.

and I worked on getting a training schedule into operation.

Using beat up Army DUKW's to do beach landings we'd come out soaking wet, wondering how we'd ever control the things during a real landing under fire.

(The first line Company, in command by February and most officers aboard, things got better organized.

A month later (March) we'd started to become a real battalion, increasingly effective working in teams despite our training in beat up equipment. came over to our Company Clerk's Office, sat down at our typewriter and went to work writing his wife.Our first task was to get the battalion's platoons and companies up and running..Kept our recruits busy with exercise, close order drill, and otherwise scurrying about getting physicals, teeth checked, scrubbing down, laundering up, fitted for boondockers and slotted into tasks.We returned to the Boat Basin and joined the 2nd Armored on Feb 5, 1944. This was after Boot Camp and Radio school at the San Diego Depot then Advanced Infantry Training at Pendleton.So in January and February at Pendleton, carrying heavy packs and rifles, we scampered up and down cargo nets hanging down the steel sides of ships.and I made up my mind that all future landings would be spearheaded by amphibious vehicles..amphibian tanks, carrying heavier guns Marines began to assemble in the Boat Basin at Oceanside, CA., for an Armored Amphibious Assault Battation yet to be activated.