Today in WW II: 23 Sep 1940 After just seven weeks of development, American Bantam delivers the first prototype jeep to Camp Holabird, MD.   

US Marine Corps Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel–5

The USMC Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel–5 -- LVT(P)5 or LVTP-5 -- began production in 1952, the replacement for the World War II Marine Corps LVT(1), LVT(2) and LVT(4) vehicles. The LVTP-5 was 356 inches long, 140.5 inches wide, and 103 inches high. It could travel up to 30 mph on land and 6.8 mph in water, powered by a Continental LV-1790-1 704 hp, 12 cyl engine.

The bow ramp of the LVTP-5 could be lowered for loading of personnel or cargo. Up to 34 troops could be carried on land or 25 in water operations.

The LVTP-5 engine air intake and exhaust were improved, adding a large housing on the rear roof above the engine. Vehicles with these changes are designated LVTP-5A1.

LVTP-5 with the 2d Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, the first convoy to enter Beirut in July 1958
LVTP-5 with the 2d Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, the first convoy to enter Beirut in July 1958.

LVTP-5 at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX.  Photo and correct ID: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
LVTP-5 at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX. Photo and correct ID: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

LVTP-5 at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX. Photo and correct ID: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
LVTP-5 at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX. Photo and correct ID: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

LVTP-5 at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX. Photo and correct ID: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
LVTP-5 at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX. Photo and correct ID: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.