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This is his
own story, shared for the first time, regarding how the "luck
of the draw" put him into one of the original Army units
trained to operate the new Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT-AMTRAC)
designed to invade enemy beachheads, and penetrate beyond, making
aggressive amphibious landings against hostile defenses.
It is a riveting
story of a young soldier's experience participating in the first
wave of marines to go ashore during the invasion of Saipan, June
15, 1944, with the 4th Marine Division. The victory of Saipan
was considered the crucial turning point to winning the war in
Salisbury received a Navy Presidential Unit Citation and later
declined an offer to attend the West Point Military Academy -
returning instead to the University of Cincinnati where he graduated
in 1948. He joined a Chicago-based steel company while also gaining
an MBA in 1953 from the University of Chicago.
1958, Richard and his wife Esther, had two children, William and
Jane. He retired after a successful business career and moved
in 1995 with his wife to Naples, Florida. Richard died on December
7, 2011. Above photo taken in 1944, age 21, in Oahu Hawaii upon
his return from Saipan.