AMTRAC (alligator) is still with us!
As November 1944 is coming to a close, the 2nd Battalion/187th Regiment/11th Airborne Division moved up from Bito Beach to the mountains just west of Burauen and it’s an eye-opener for the men. This is the account of CWO William Nelson, personnel officer of the 2nd. wrote:
The Second was literally ferried to the new position in those strange vehicles called amtracs. Enroute, we stared like yokels at a starlet, as we crossed the coastal plain between Dulag and Burauen, for up to this time, we had no idea of the magnitude of the American effort on Leyte.
We passed ammunition dumps by the dozen; 155 batteries; truck battalions; field hospitals and many special-unit headquarters. Finally, as we neared Burauen, we clanked past airstrips jammed with P-38’s. All these installations were literally bogged down in the mud. In fact, the typhoons…
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