WWII StoryQuest: Bill Nuttle, The Golden Rule of Beach Landings

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Bill Nuttle: The Golden Rule of Beach Landings

Well, if you’re smart, you get up there first. The golden rule of any kind of landing is get the hell off the beach. This is where all the artillery and mortars are concentrated. Of course, on Iwo you started running up the beach, and it was almost impossible.  No wheeled vehicle could maneuver on there. The tanks often got bogged down. Trying to run on that stuff was damn near impossible. You had an incentive to get the hell out of there. Tinian was the damndest landing I ever saw. We just came in in a column with nobody firing at us. I don’t know how they do it, but the Marine Corp and perhaps the Army, would psych you up so you were ready to go. A friend of mine said, “What keeps you going up the beach?”  I would say, “You’ve got everybody behind you and the whole Pacific Ocean. Where you going to go?” Your best bet is up and as quick as possible.”

 

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