6.21.2004
ENLARGE THE PHOTO


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Official U.S. Coast Guard photo

A Coast Guard LCVP (landing craft, vehicle, personnel) is packed with a full complement of U.S. Marine assault troops as it approaches Saipan. LCVPs had a capacity of 1 jeep or 36 fully equipped soldiers. The Coast Guard coxswains who piloted them were the most seasoned small-boat handlers in government service and were invaluable at guiding landing craft through strong currents, reefs, sand bars, and heavy surf.

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