National Geographic : 1944 Jul
4 The National Geographic Magazine U. S. Coast Guard, Official U. S. Troops Go over the Side into Assault Boats for the Bougainville Landing Manned by a Coast Guard crew and filled with battle-equipped Marines, one LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel) has just got under way, headed for the rendezvous circle. Following a schedule like a railroad timetable, this boat and others will charge the beach in waves (page 8). The 36-foot craft, designed by Andrew J. Higgins and made of wood, is armored on the sides and has a steel ramp. In the background two larger LCMs (Landing Craft, Mechanized) with grill ramps, stand by for tanks or vehicles.