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Colonel David Shoup, a highly regarded 38--year-old placed in command of both the 2nd Marine Regiment and the Betio assault force less than two weeks earlier, was counting heavily on the 125 LVT-1s and LVT-2s of the fledgling 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion.
The arrival of the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV) will mean more to the Marine Corps than simply the acquisition of a faster amphibious tractor. ("Marines Testing Prototypes of New Amphibious Vehicles," December 2000, p.
Army generals dismissed amphibious tractors, or amtracs, which could get loads of marines out of the water and off the beach safely.
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