Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Assault Wave, Coxswain

Coxswain steers the landing craft
Description: Painting, Watercolor on Paper; by Dwight C. Shepler; 1944; Unframed Dimensions 28H X 22W
Accession #: 88-199-EN
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The landing craft coxswain was the symbol and fiber of the amphibious force.  Exposed to enemy fire as he steered his ship to the enemy shore, the lives of thirty-six infantrymen in his small LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) were his responsibility.  If he failed in his mission of landing these troops, the strategy of admirals went for naught; the bombardment of a naval force alone could never gain a foothold on the hostile and contested shore.  The coxswain became a paragon of courageous determination and seamanship.

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  • World War II 1939-1945
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