Today in WW II: 29 Oct 1940 First Selective Service System draft lottery is held in Washington, DC; Number 158 is the first chosen.  More 
29 Oct 1941 Known as the "Great Action" by German troops, over 10,000 Jews are liquidated in the Kovno [Kaunas] Ghetto at the Ninth Fort, Lithuania.
29 Oct 1942 Coffee rationing begins in the United States.
29 Oct 1944 1st Inf Div Chaplain Sidney Lefkowitz and Cantor Max Fuchs hold a 10-minute, open-air service near Aachen, the first Jewish service on German soil since Nazi suppression began.
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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.

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