A flotilla of U.S. landing craft, filled with U.S. Army troops from the 27th Infantry Division approach the beach at Japanese-held Makin Island during World War 2. Some of the landing craft (Higgins boats) are from the Attack Transport ship, USS Leonard Wood (APA-12) and others are from the USS Calvert (APA-32). A Benson-Livermore class (AKA Benson-Gleaves class) Destroyer is visible offshore. As the landing craft beach, the troops wade ashore, with difficulty, through hip-deep water, in places. Back on one of the transport ships, sailors lower a bulldozer for transport to the beach. They also lower rolls of matting over the side. These cargoes are seen at the beachhead, as well as a Sherman tank moving through the surf onto the rocky shore.
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