By Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R
This book, one in a sequence dedicated to U.S. Marines on this planet struggle II period, is released for the schooling and coaching of Marines through the heritage and Museums department, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., as part of the U.S. division of safety observance of the fiftieth anniversary of victory in that war."
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7mm machine guns into nearby wrecked trucks and opene d fire on the Marine automati c weapons positions . Marine NCOs tration and killed the enemy in tw o hours of close-in fighting under the leadership of First Lieutenant Lyl e "Spook" Specht . An intense fire fro m the pack howitzers of 1/10 and 2/1 0 prevented the Japanese from reinforc ing the penetration . By 2130 the line s were stabilized . Jones asked Majo r volunteered to crawl forward agains t this oncoming fire and lob grenades into the improvised machine gun nests .
The 1st Battalion, 10th Ma - Colonel Carlson, "It was the dam nedest fight I've seen in 30 years of rines fired 1,300 rounds that long night, many shells being unloade d over the pier while the fire missions were underway . At first light, the Marines counted 200 dead Japanes e within 50 yards of their lines, plus a n additional 125 bodies beyond tha t range, badly mangled by artillery o r naval gunfire . Other bodies lay scat tered throughout the Marine lines . " Major Jones had to blink back tears of pride and grief as he walked hi s lines that dawn .
Navy chaplains were also hard a t work wherever Marines were fighting ashore . Theirs was particularl y heartbreaking work, consoling th e wounded, administering last rites t o the dying, praying for the souls of th e dead before the bulldozer came to cover the bodies from the unforgiv ing tropical sun . The tide of battle began to shif t LtGen Julian C . Smith Collectio n This desperate scene hardly needs a caption . The Marine is badly hurt, but he's in good hands as his buddies lead him to saftey and shelter just ahead for treatment .
Across the Reef: The Marine Assault of Tarawa by Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R