2d Battalion unloading on Leyte Beach, after arriving from Noemfoor. The LCUP's couldn't get any closer to shore, so we floated our equipment in. We arrived in the midst of constant Jap air harassment raids, and managed to break the U.S.S. George Custer's record in abandoning ship, as well as for unloading. Capt. Terry was so pleased (relieved) he gave the staff officers some beer. We peons in the rifle companies got a letter of commendation saying we were the best. 


 We already knew that. 

2006  Bill Bailey, William T Calhoun & 503d PRCT Heritage Bn