Hello, Im new on the forum but I wanted to put this subject out. I did a two year search about this subject that started with stories of my grandfather being passed down. And a unique patch on his naval uniform no one could explain. The story was that my g-pa was working with Marine Corps Raiders as a naval radioman doing reconnaissance prior to the battle of bougainville. Well after contacting several raiders they denied this possibility for good reason, they had their own radiomen. I knew that the story wasnt a lie but may have been distorted by my uncle who isnt very good at details. So I started with his uniform and saw the Naval Amphibious Forces patch which took me about a year to find out what it was. Its a Red and Gold Anchor with Crossed Rifles. Very marine corps like. Once I found what it was, I was onto something. Problem #1 is that the only 'Beach Battalions' were used in European theaters along with the Seabees and NCDU units. This caused consternation as to whether there were even these guys in the south pacific as naval personnel. I finally found a guy with a website and book that explained to me that they were called Beach Parties in the South Pacific and worked independently with the Marine Corps in prepping Beaches and ship to shore communications. Something the Raiders vehemently denied. But with no Unit History I was at a loss how to verify the story of being launced from a sub in rubber boats and being stuck on bougainville 3 days longer than was expected. I searched virtually every Naval and Marine Online Archive I could find and one dejected day I found the history of the Intelligence gathering operations to prepare the island Bougainville for invasion. Sure enough, there were several recon missions launched from either a PT boat or a submarine and unlike the other patrols, one was stranded for 2 extra days longer than anticipated. So, the point of my post is do any of you have information on Amphib Landings and Naval participation or Shore Parties activities in the SP or personal stories ? thanks. BTW, never give up on a topic you are researching. Its quite rewarding to be vindicated !