The Fighting Amphibians


by Joseph F. Panicello



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 03/05/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 128
ISBN : 9781425965372

About the Book

THE FIGHTING AMPHIBIANS, The LST of World War II, is a feature film screenplay taken from the novel, A SLOW MOVING TARGET. The script contains many authentic stories about the turmoil and hardships that the Amphibious Fleet endured during beach invasions in World War II.  To enhance the military adversities, the story revolves around the personal lives of five young fictitious sailors who, in 1942, enlist in the U.S. Navy to defend their country against the Axis.

  They come from different parts of America, meet in boot-camp and become life-long buddies.  After boot-camp they were transferred to the dreaded and perilous Amphibious Fleet of LSTs (Landing Ship Tank), because the LST is truly a Large Slow Target having the reputation of a brief life and a sitting duck during an invasion.

  In this screenplay each principle character presents his/her own unique and unusual experiences.  The main character is Johnny Maroni, who attempts to keep the group together and preserve their friendship throughout the war. They call themselves The Five Amphibians.

  The Five Amphibians are later split-up and are transferred to different LSTs which compelled them to fight in separate campaigns in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters.  They communicate through Johnny’s sister, Angela, who rewrites their letters to the different Amphibians.  Throughout the war only one Amphibian is killed in action.

About the Author

Joseph F. Panicello has thus far produced 11 screenplays and 6 books.  The screenplays are: Vindicated, The Fighting Amphibians, The Wheeler Dealer, The Dealer (same as Wheeler except no flashbacks), The Sicilian Norseman, Brian’s Comet, A Man of Destiny, and TV series: The Winthrop Murder, If No War on Terror, The Mirror Man and Supernatural Girl.


Joe was interviewed on April 28, 2005, by Hostess Wyn Walder for one-half hour on her Adelphia Cable TV talk show, “A Better World.”  He discussed his screenplays, his books and how he got started in writing.


Joe is the President of the National Writer’s Association/LA Chapter, a member of the LA/Screenwriter’s Group, The American Screenwriters Association, The American Legion, The United States LST Association, The U.S. Naval institute and The Navy League of the United States.


Joe is a World War II veteran serving in the Navy on LST 533 for two of his three years of enlistment. He has two older brothers who served in the Army, Carl and Thomas.  Tommy was wounded in the battle of the Bulge and has since passed on.


Prior to his writing career, Joe maintained a successful 40 year career as an Electronic Engineer and Manager for Lockheed Aerospace and Bell Telephone Laboratories.  He received his college education under the GI BILL from Rhodes Prep. in New York City in 1950, at RCA Institute in Advance Technology in 1952, and at Newark College of Engineering in New Jersey in 1959.


Joe was born in Queens New York on October 31, 1927.  He was married for 30 years to his late wife, Rose, and is now married to his lovely wife Barbara.  Joe has three daughters, Jo Ann, Marie, and Teresa and six grandchildren.