22 Jan 44: Day 1 of 136 of the Battle of Anzio. In an effort to end the costly stalemate at Monte Cassino, Italy, the US 5th Army lands two divisions against German forces at Anzio, 30 miles South of Rome. Although initial landings are very successful, failure to capitalize quickly will lead to months of heavy fighting. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=0122&s=440122 #WWII
During World War II, before James Arness portrayed U.S. mar-shall Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke, he was the first American soldier to jump off his boat at the Anzio beachhead. He was ordered to do so by his commanding officer because, standing at 6’8", Arness was the tallest man in his company, and the water’s depth needed to be tested as a safety precaution.
Striking images from the battle of Iwo Jima: Flat Nose Flossie, a Coast Guard manned LST buries its nose in the volcanic sands of Iwo Jima beachhead, Japan on Feb. 27, 1945, while elements of a Marine Corps amphibious tractor unit unload cargo under protection of forward guns
Roy Boehm,..Known as the father of the Navy SEALs. Roy fought and served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. As a diver Roy also provided support to Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs Invasion until JFK cancelled all support to the mission. Roy actually had a list of criticisms of JFK over his handling of the Bay of Pigs. These criticisms helped JFK see the benefit in Roy and ordered him to create a special fighting unit which became the Navy SEALs.