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LVT-2 Water Buffalo
LVT-2
A LVT-2 with a squad of Marines out of the 2nd Marine Division.
Vehicle type Amphibious Vehicle
Games found Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault
Player controllable? No
Crew 3 + 2 gunners
Movement
Speed 32 km/h (land), 12 km/h (water)
M1919A4 Browning Light Machine Gun
Location(s) Mounted on Personnel Area, Left
M2A1 Browning Heavy Machine Gun
Location(s) Mounted on Personnel Area, Left

The LVT-2 Water Buffalo was an amphibious landing vehicle in use by the United States Marine Corps and Army during World War II, featured in Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault during the Battle of Tarawa Atoll. It was considered superior in comparison to LCVPs as they have the ability to drive over coral reefs and land on beaches. It was equipped with a 7-cylinder radial engine, taken from the M3 Stuart. Unlike its successor, the LVT-4 or LCVP, it does not have a ramp, so its Marines or soldiers must bail over the side rather than pour out a single exit.

In-GameEdit

The LVT-2 was used by the 2nd Marine Division to bring Marines ashore during the Battle of Tarawa. Equipped with an M2A1 water-cooled Browning .50 caliber heavy machine gun and an M1919A4 Browning .30-06 caliber light machine gun, the LVT-2, along with the LCVP brought 35,000 Marines on shore, as well as supplies and other essential material. Tommy Conlin of the 2nd Marine Division's LVT-2 advanced along a pier, eliminating Japanese targets all along the walkway. It was taken out by Japanese mortar fire, forcing the Marines to bail out and wade through about 50 meters of water before reaching the shore. The LVT's used in Conlin's unit had a crew of 2 or 3 (driver, assistant driver and commander), the Marines in its bay manning its armaments.

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