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Los Negros – 29 February 1944 – Eye Witness Account !

August 3, 2016

Pacific Paratrooper

Eye Witness Account of the landing at Los Negros Island, 29 February 1944

by: a Yank Magazine correspondent

The weather on 29 February 1944 was overcast with a low cloud ceiling that prevented most of the planned air strike. Only three B-24’s and nine B-25’s found the target. The naval bombardment was therefore extended for another 15 minutes.  Each APD lowered four LCPR’s (Landing Craft, Personnel, Ramped). Each LCPR carried its maximum load of 37 men, who boarded by climbing over the APDs’ sides and down cargo nets.  The unarmored LCPRs were still used because davits had not been strengthened to carry the heavier, armored LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel).

Officer in raincoat shakes hand of soldier wearing steel helmet and waterproof poncho while other similarly attired soldiers look on.

Admiralty Islands, 29 February 1944. General Douglas MacArthur decorates the first man ashore, 2nd Lieutenant Marvin J. Henshaw, with the Distinguished Service Cross.

The first wave landed without casualties at 08:17, but once the bombardment lifted the…

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  1. Thank you for helping to keep their memories alive.

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