Sept. 3 & 4, 1943 – Invasion of Italy
Sept. 3: The guns on the Sicilian coast opened up at 3 a.m. And I believe the land was made one hour later. Italy is plainly visible from here. We have been lying here all day, swimming and sleeping. Infantry landing craft are in at the beach now. We will load either tonight or tomorrow. So far, the news had been no opposition.
Sept. 4: Loaded on LCT at 5 p.m. And sailed up the Messina Straits about twenty-five miles, then turned due East and sailed into the beach just north of Reggio. Landed at 10 p.m., a perfectly peaceful landing. Moved into the Town and bedded down for the night.