Splash!

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit disembark from container and roll-on/roll-off ship USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) as part of a maritime preposition of force training evolution during exercise Cobra Gold 2011 in the Gulf of Thailand Jan. 23, 2011. Cobra Gold is a regularly-scheduled joint/combined exercise designed to ensure regional peace and strengthen the ability of the Royal Thai Armed Forces to defend Thailand and respond to regional contingencies. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Alejandro Peña, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit disembark from container and roll-on/roll-off ship USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) as part of a maritime preposition of force training evolution during exercise Cobra Gold 2011 in the Gulf of Thailand Jan. 23, 2011. Cobra Gold is a regularly-scheduled joint/combined exercise designed to ensure regional peace and strengthen the ability of the Royal Thai Armed Forces to defend Thailand and respond to regional contingencies. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Alejandro Peña, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

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  1. Yea Bram,

    I read about that one sinking off the California coast.

    We used them (LVTP-5’s) in Landing assault exercizes at Lejeune in the early 60’s. They were like steel coffins.

    We were aboard a LSD about 1/2 mile from Onslow beach and they’d roll down the ramp, hit the water with a big splash and SINK way down. After what seemed like aa hour they’d pop back up to the surface with about 6-inches of freeboard. Between the diesel fumes and the rocking almost all the helmets were full of puke. Some of the FNG’s didn’t realize you had to remove the helmet liner before spilling your breakfast into the steel pot. It made for some interesting hair tonic when the command to “lock and load” was given and the ramp dropped.

    Give me a LST, cargo nets and LCVP any time!

    1. We rode around in Navy landing craft once during a storm off San Diego – puked all over the thing. I wasn’t puking in my helmet. The damn squid driving the thing and laughing can clean it up.

    2. We didn’t land – just climbed up the cargo net back onto the LST, where we puked a little less often.

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