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Posted By: john henson
Date: Wednesday - May 20,2020 12:42
.....historian at camp pendleton for October if all is well by then.For a long time I have been searching for info re a large exercise at camp pendleton in late April early May 1956.The main reason I have been trying so long is I was in that exercise sixth amtrac in line in the tank deck of an LST.all engines were fired up and we were waiting for the word to debark and head for the beach.Finally the word came and the first trac rumbled down the ramp into the water.Down it went and never came up.We sat in the tracs sucking up diesel smoke wondering what the hell was going on.Finally they decided to send the rest of us into the water.WE didn't find out what had happened until later so we weren't concerned when our turn came.11 men died in that incident mostly staff officers.For years I have been searching for info to no avail.Now I have contacted the right person and together we dug up some interesting info.Now I'm looking forward to returning to the old stomping grounds and see what all there is to see in the records she has dug up.
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