65th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa

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    The horors of landing on a defended beach.

    This sketch is haunting and sums up this whole debacle.
     

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    Wow. I hadn't seen several of those. Thanks for posting, Sys.

    :salute: :salute: :salute:
     
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    Truly a testament to the aggressivness and fighting spirit of the USMC. The Corps is always ahead of the learning curve in adapting to the trends of warfare.
     
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    The USMC was on the blunt end of a faulty doctrine and agressive Japanese defenses.

    Lessons were learned the hard way.
     
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    great pics syscom3
     
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    My Dad was assigned to the Second Marine Division and missed Tarawa because his mother was ill and he had to help out on the farm. About 80% of the guys in his company he went through boot with were killed or wounded. I don't know what regiment he was assigned to in the 2nd, I wish I did. When we buried my grandfather he showed me the grave of one of his friends that was killed on Tarawa. After he came off emergency leave, he was assigned to the First Marine Division and fought at Cape Gloucester and Peleliu.
     
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    "A willingness to die"..... :salute:

    Best description of the battle of Tarawa I've ever seen was from the book "Moments" by Sheryle and John Leekley.....

    "Not since Pickett's charge of the Civil War have American recruits been so willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. It was this unflinching heroism and a willingness to die that wins the battle against a determined foe.....who submits only in total annihilation."

    TO
     
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    Thank you to all of those have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.:salute: Thanks for the post syscom3.
     
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