Today in WW II: 17 Jul 1936 General Francisco Franco stages a military revolt in Spain precipitating the Spanish Civil War. Nazi Germany supports Franco. More 
17 Jul 1944 Protected by the Royal Canadian Navy, the largest shipping convoy of WW II embarks from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
17 Jul 1944 Disaster at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine, CA, where the munitions ship SS E.A. Bryan, explodes killing 320, injuring almost 400 more, many of them African-American stevedores.
17 Jul 1945 Potsdam Conference with Truman, Stalin, Churchill [17 Jul-2 Aug].
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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.