The First Armored Amphibian
Battalion a special battalion, the first of its kind. It was formed, trained,
and deployed for combat in a period of five months. The mission of our armored
amphibians (amphibious tanks) was to lead the assault on enemy-held beaches.
Our battalion led the
attack across the Pacific with the landings on Roi and Namur
in the Marshall Islands,
Guam in the Marianas Islands, and finally Okinawa,
the last great battle in World War II. If we failed or faltered, the entire
operation would be placed in jeopardy. WE NEVER DID.