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Video Tour of the WWII Korean LVT Museum

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Video of WWII era LVTs at Camp Del Mar Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton

Video Tour of the WWII Korean LVT Museum at Camp Del Mar Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California.

Six LVTs (landing vehicles tracked) are on display at the Museum with stair acess to platforms for addition views. You can climb aboard at least one of the vehicles via the rear ramp, for a closer look inside.

LVT-1 Alligator
LVT-2 Water Buffalo
LVT-3 Bushmaster
LVT(A) 5

The WWII Korean LVT Museum first opened on May 24, 1996. It was rededicated in 2009 "to the Amtrackers of the past in order to continue the preservation of their legacy of valor for all future generations of Alligator Marines to come." Museum curator is Tom Adametz.

Next to the WWII Korean LVT Museum is the Assault Amphibious School Battalion. The school trains Marines in Assault Amphibian Vehicle (AAV) operations and maintenance and are involved in museum maintenance.

Photos of LVT(1)s during training.

LVT(1)s during training. Photo on display at Museum.

History Displays ~ LVTs

Also on display are many WWII and Korean War artifacts, photos, LVT engines, and a Japanese machine gun nest. Posters and photos tell the history of the amtracs, officially designated as Landing Vehicle Tracked. Information includes development and testing of these amphibious assault vehicles, as well as the formation and training of the first amphibious tractor units.

LVTs in Battle During WWII

Accounts of the Alligator Marines in WWII is covered as they fought on Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, Tinian, Peleliu, Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and Iwo Jima, in some of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific War. Included are statistics as to number of LVT involved in each battle along with casualty numbers.

LVTs were first used logistically in the Guadalcanal assault in August 1942 andfirst used tactically in the landing at Tarawa in November 1943.1

Photos and video were taken by WW2HQ staff, with permission of the World War II Korea LVT Museum at Camp Del Mar Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California.


1 Robert J. Icks, Colonel USAR Retired. Landing Vehicles Tracked. Windsor, Berks: Profile Publications Limited, 1972, 1.