National Geographic : 1944 Jul
U.S.Navy, Official In This Perfectly Executed Amphibious Operation, Marines Captured Emirau in Less Than Four Hours on March 19,1944 LSTs at sea spawned these "Alligators" (LVT1, left) and "Water Buffaloes" (LVT2, center), like guppies givingbirth toyoung. After they had swum ashore and delivered their cargo, the amphibious tractors, or "Amtracs," returned and crawled up the tonguelike ramps into theirmother ships' "stomachs." Inthedistance, ashore party bucket brigade passes boxes from stranded craft. At left a truck and trailer roll ashore from the bow ramp of anLCT. Emirau, anine-mile-long arrowhead island in the Saint Matthias Group, provides the Allies with a valuable air and sea base less than 700 miles south of Truk.