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Dick Nenahlo
Red Beach 2 Salvage Area
Mon Nov 13, 2017 17:27

Thanks so much, Durk! Are there any other photos of this area available? I'm searching for a photo of LVT-1 #25 which, I believe, may have been the LVT in which my uncle, Plt Sgt Barney Grommes (2nd PLt, E/2/2/2) landed in the first wave. A hand-written "boat roster" recently found in his foot locker assigned boats 25, 26, and 27 to his platoon. One of the machine gunners on Barney's LVT, Ray Harrison, said that their LVT was badly shot up as it tried to climb over the sea wall and the driver killed. Another Marine managed to drive the LVT off the beach a ways and the LVT finally broke down about 100 yards west of the main pier and about 50 yards offshore. Any help from the folks would be appreciated.

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    • RB2 photo??matt holly, Tue Nov 14 03:58
      Are you sure to call this RB2?? This is WAY down the beach, I think this is in RB1 area. The dock is a LONG way off. Also I located 3-4 LVT debris fields out on the reef west of Betio, where they... more
      • Re: RB2 photo??George E Proulx, Tue Nov 14 13:59
        Hi Matt, The photo is most definitely of the Red Beach Two salvage area. That is where almost all of the LVTs that could be moved were taken. Camera optics does give the impression that the pier in... more
        • Red Beach 2 Salvage Areanenahlo, Thu Nov 23 17:33
          Gentlemen: It was my first impression at seeing the photo that the area is indeed Red Beach 2 and the photographer was facing west...away from the Main Pier. What appears to be the Pier in the... more
          • Re: Red Beach 2 Salvage AreaGeorge E Proulx, Thu Nov 23 22:02
            You are quite correct if you are referring to the photo with tractor #11 in the foreground. Durk and I were also discussing another pic with tractor #2 in the frame and the long pier in the... more
        • Re: RB2 photo??Durk Steed, Tue Nov 14 23:03
          Here's another angle at low tide.
          • Re: RB2 photo??George E Proulx, Wed Nov 15 01:02
            Note the very large holes in the side of #1
    • Red Beach 2 Salvage Area — Dick Nenahlo, Mon Nov 13 17:27
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