581st Radio Relay Company at Wonson (1950)
10. LST Unloading at Wonson Beach
Wonson has no port facilities. A LST pictured here with its doors open, came along side the freighter I was on and after crashing into our ship with some damage to our ship, and the LST with lots of swearing. Then the trucks were unloaded onto the LST by crane. The LST then rams the beach at full speed to beach itself as high on the sand as possible. The doors open and then the trucks drive out. I was the second vehicle to the door. The first vehicle drove out and buried itself deep in the sand.
A crane picked up the truck and then placed some metal plates so I drove out with no problem. We drove into town and slept in a gym of a school that night. The next day we unloaded our trucks and drove back to pick up the troops. We spent the next two days at the request of the marines to ferry Marine officers into town. The grunts were marched into town some few miles away. While waiting for people to ferry back I liberated some goodies (supplies for the marines stacked in boxes on the beach). I got 5 cases of 48 one-pound cans of Danish bacon that my team enjoyed for almost the next year. I also got a few cases of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti. It had mix, cheese, and sauce in a box for 5 people. There was about enough for 24 meals for 5 people. I was a hero for my team. I was also the cook (unofficial).
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