Excellent response, Shirleyjean.
The only source I might add would be the pertinent volumes of Samuel Eliot Morison's History of Naval Operations in World War II
, those that deal with the amphibious landings in Italy and France. On the old message board here, in its early days, before my book was finished, I posted a "find" from that source that cleared up a discrepancy between Simpson and To Hell and Back
. I included it in the book:
“About 3000 yards east of the Salso River, separated from it by a marshy tract and a pond, begins Beach Yellow;" wrote Morison. The city of Licata lay just to the left, with Monte Solo behind it. Directly ahead lay Saffarello Hill and Monte Gallardo. The landing went well, as Simpson reported: “The 1st Battalion came ashore at Beach Yellow just east of the town of Licata. Enemy opposition was light." Although Harold Simpson wrote that PFC. Murphy was a part of those first landings and “apparently got ashore without incident,” it is likely that he did not. “Just leave it to the Army to foul things up," Murph wrote in To Hell and Back, “If the schedule had not gone snafu, we would have come ashore with the assault forces. That was what I wanted. I had primed myself for the big moment. Then the timing got snarled in the predawn confusion, and we came in late, chugging ashore like a bunch of clucks in a ferryboat." Murph's own account is backed up by Morison who reported that the Salso landings went extremely well except for “nine LCT's destined for Beach Yellow [which] lost sight of their guide and ran blind.” They followed the wrong guide boat, and headed for the Gela River with DIME force. “But the mistake was remedied after daylight and those LCT's reached Beach Yellow at 0800,” completely in accord with Murph's recollections.
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