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...I'm a U.S. Navy LCAC Craftmaster! Such a cool piece of equipment with such an important job. Don't get me wrong, I'm proud of my time in the Army and with the Airborne, but I've gotta give credit where it's due. This is a freaking cool job!

...I'm a U.S. Navy LCAC Craftmaster! Such a cool piece of equipment with such an important job. Don't get me wrong, I'm proud of my time in the Army and with the Airborne, but I've gotta give credit where it's due. This is a freaking cool job!

Soldiers taking direct hits from a German machine gunner as the ramp drops down for  unloading.

Soldiers taking direct hits from a German machine gunner as the ramp drops down for unloading.

French children watch the landing of American troops from landing craft, unidentified location, probably Normandy, 1944.

French children watch the landing of American troops from landing craft, unidentified location, probably Normandy, 1944.

Guadalcanal, 1942: Rare, Classic Photos from World War II - LIFE Exhausted U.S. Marines sprawl on the beach while waiting for landing craft to take them off Guadalcanal following four months of fighting the Japanese.

The TIME Vault: August 8, 1977

Guadalcanal, 1942: Rare, Classic Photos from World War II - LIFE Exhausted U.S. Marines sprawl on the beach while waiting for landing craft to take them off Guadalcanal following four months of fighting the Japanese.

American troops board a landing craft prior to the launch. | Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day

Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day

American troops board a landing craft prior to the launch. | Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day

US soldiers gather around trucks disembarking from landing crafts shortly after D-Day 06 June 1944 after Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches. D-Day, 06 June 1944 is still one of the world's most gut-wrenching and consequential battles, as the Allied landing in Normandy led to the liberation of France which marked the turning point in the Western theater of World War II. (AFP / Getty Images)

D-Day Anniversary Marked With Release Of Rare Color Photos

US soldiers gather around trucks disembarking from landing crafts shortly after D-Day 06 June 1944 after Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches. D-Day, 06 June 1944 is still one of the world's most gut-wrenching and consequential battles, as the Allied landing in Normandy led to the liberation of France which marked the turning point in the Western theater of World War II. (AFP / Getty Images)

U.S. soldiers in a landing craft. | Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day

Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day

U.S. soldiers in a landing craft. | Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day

D-Day, Normandy, France, 6 June 1944.

[Photo] In a port in England, a loaded LCVP Landing Craft from the Attack Transport USS Joseph T. Dickman brought troops to the ship for the crossing to Normandy, June 1944. Note Rhino barge loaded with WC54 Ambulances

US Army Rangers awaited the invasion signal in a landing craft in an English port, circa early Jun 1944, photo 1 of 2; note the bazooka and the M1 Garand rifles.

[Photo] US Army Rangers awaited the invasion signal in a landing craft in an English port, circa early Jun 1944, photo 1 of 2; note the bazooka and the M1 Garand rifles

US Army Rangers awaited the invasion signal in a landing craft in an English port, circa early Jun 1944, photo 1 of 2; note the bazooka and the M1 Garand rifles.

Soldiers wait for the landing at Normandy. | Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day

Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day

Soldiers wait for the landing at Normandy. | Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day

US troops of the First Army on Landing Craft Infantry during the allied assault on the beaches of Normandy, World War Two, France, June 6, 1944. (Archive Photos/Getty Images)

20 Powerful D-Day Photos On The 70th Anniversary Of The Invasion

US troops of the First Army on Landing Craft Infantry during the allied assault on the beaches of Normandy, World War Two, France, June 6, 1944. (Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Rangers on landing craft near Licata, Sicily, 1943.  Read more: Phil Stern: Classic World War II Photos, Italy, 1943 | LIFE.com http://life.time.com/history/phil-stern-classic-world-war-ii-photos-italy-1943/#ixzz3Epr4d1fj

Rangers on landing craft near Licata, Sicily, 1943. Read more: Phil Stern: Classic World War II Photos, Italy, 1943 | LIFE.com http://life.time.com/history/phil-stern-classic-world-war-ii-photos-italy-1943/#ixzz3Epr4d1fj

25 mind blowing colourised images of WWII - http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/66362.html

25 mind blowing colourised images of WWII - http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/66362.html

Bayonets at the ready as the U.S. troops prepare to take their designated strips of the Normandy beach, codenamed “Omaha” and “Utah.” | Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day

Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day

Bayonets at the ready as the U.S. troops prepare to take their designated strips of the Normandy beach, codenamed “Omaha” and “Utah.” | Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day