The LVT (amtrac) is an amphibious vehicle designed from Donald Roebling's Alligator for military operations on land and sea. 18,000 + were produced between 1941 and 1945. Originally built in Dunedin FL, LVTs played a significant role in our victory in WWII.
The Dunedin LVTs and the Marines stationed in Dunedin served in the first major land offensive in the pacific, Guadalcanal, in 1942 exactly 8 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
In a letter send from Okinawa in 1945, USMC Major General Roy S. Geiger called LVTs "the work horses of the Marine Corps. Except for the 'amtracs' it would have been impossible for our troops to get ashore on Tarawa, Saipan, Guam or Pelelieu without taking severe, if not prohibitive losses."
The Dunedin LVT honors Donald Roebling, the history of LVTs, the Spirit of America, Dunedin, the 1st Marine CorpsLVT Battalion established in Dunedin and those that followed, all Veterans, and all who served Our Nation.