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Amphibious Operations

 

Note Well
Thomas Hart Benton #12 
Pen and ink on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-BD


Men overhanding life rafts concentrate to the best of their ability on their task--an error or over- sight now may cost lives later.

 

This Way Out
Thomas Hart Benton #8 
Pen and ink wash on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-AZ


Tanks and men charge out of the open bow of the LST during maneuvers on the "shakedown" trips in preparation for combat duty.

 

Lingayen Beachcombers
James Turnbull #16
Watercolor, 1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-KQ

Racing ashore along the length of White Beach, American infantrymen comb the objective clear of Japanese defenders as the U.S. launches the attack on Luzon on January 9, 1944. In the background the ungainly Navy LST's (Landing Ships Tank) spew out their deadly cargoes of fighting men and machines.

 

Philippine Foreclosure
James Turnbull #19
Gouache, 1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-KT

On January 9, 1944, American forces waded ashore and opened foreclosure proceedings on the short-term Japanese holdings on Luzon in the Philippines. Following an intensive Navy aerial and surface barrage, infantrymen push ashore from Navy landing craft in Lingayen Gulf.

 

Suicide in Paris
James Turnbull #8
Oil on canvas, 1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-KI


Streaking down from a sullen flak-pocked sky, a Japanese kamikaze suicide plane heads towards its target an Landing Ship Tank (LST), already smoking and in wreckage from another enemy plane that crashed on its deck a few seconds before. This action occurred during the Philippines campaign.

 

The Emancipated
James Turnbull #10
Oil on canvas, 1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-KK

Natives from the Philippine town Binmaley hail the advancing liberators of Luzon with emotions held in check since the Japanese occupation. Infantrymen and amphtracs move through the battered village with no time to pause and accept the plaudits showered upon them by the freed men.

 

The Mortars Come Ashore
James Turnbull #11
Oil on canvas, 1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-KL

Members of a mortar platoon, lugging their heavy equipment, wade ashore through the surf from a Navy landing craft during the invasion of Lingayen on Luzon in January of 1944.

 

Voice of Liberation
James Turnbull #13
Oil on canvas, 1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-KN


Via Shore Party radio, a Marine transmits information from Filipino guerrillas concerning the numbers and disposition of Japanese defenders of Luzon during the invasion of Lingayen on January 9, 1944. In the background a signalman semaphores a message to ships offshore

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1 April 2001