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Amphibious Operations

 

Unidentified Landing Scene
James Turnbull #2
Gouache, 1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-KC

Troops cluster at the rail of a ship over whose side they are about to descend. In the background a battleship is firing a salvo into the shore at Lingayen. Just to the left is seen an attack transport, a sister ship of the one from which the picture is made. In the middle foreground are some LCVP's moving in a circle. This maneuver is performed until all the craft are assembled and are given the signal to move up to the line for the final dash in. The man in foreground holds a rope to steady an LCVP below.

 

Air Attack
James Turnbull #12
Watercolor, 1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-KM

LCVP's are laying a smoke screen around the ships anchored in Lingayen Gulf. Bomber and kamikaze attacks usually came in the few minutes of twilight either before sunrise or after sunset (especially suicide attacks). The men are elated over the downing of an enemy plane by our ack- ack fire.

 

Ambulance Being Unloaded
James Turnbull #22
Gouache, 1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-KW

Ambulance unloading wounded onto the ramp of an LST. The men in the center foreground are attaching a net filled with supplies that have just been brought to shore to the hook of a "Cherry Picker," an apparatus that is powered by a tractor. Once the load is picked up it can be moved wherever it is needed

 

Drill for the Tumult
James Turnbull #27
Oil on canvas, 1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-LB

An air of calm despite the activity hovers over this sene. Reason: it's only a practice rehearsal. Large and small vessels of an invasion fleet run through their maneuvers in the Hawaiian islands, giving all hands an opportunity to rehearse the skills they soon must use in "dead earnest".

 

Mercy Breasts the Tide
James Turnbull #14
Gouache,1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-KO

Churning through hub-deep waves, a tiny U.S. ambulance backs up to the open door of an LST hospital ship and surrenders its cargo of wounded men off Lingayen Gulf.

 

Cubit to Their Stature
James Turnbull #18
Watercolor, 1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-KS

Lookouts maintain a constant watch atop an operations tower on Lingayen Gulf. Using glasses, they scan the horizon, augmenting radar and other mechanical devices with the human eye. In the foreground a wounded Filipino strides away from the first aid dressing station.

 

River Traffic
James Turnbull #20
Watercolor, 1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-KU

View of the river running through Dagupan, which is located about three miles inland from Lingayen Gulf. Shortly after our forces landed, an old dock was discovered here and Army engineers immediately set to work with pile drivers and equipment to make possible the unloading of LCM's and LCT's. Some of these landing craft were able to unload almost at once, which greatly facilitated supply landings.

 

Hawaii Bound
James Turnbull #21
Watercolor, 1945
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-KV

Aboard a troop ship enroute to Pearl Harbor, men relax and pass the time pleasantly. The next leg of their journey will not be so quiet.

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1 April 2001