By Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R
This e-book, one in a sequence dedicated to U.S. Marines on the planet conflict II period, is released for the schooling and coaching of Marines by way of the background 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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Extra resources for Across the Reef: The Marine Assault of Tarawa
Me FM B Dommunranm irenc . cWl bolo. eundc e Incident on D+ 3 small incident on the last day of the fighting o n Betio cost First Sergeant Lewis J . Michelony, Jr. his sense of smell . Michelony, a member of th e 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, was a former boxing champi on of the Atlantic Fleet and a combat veteran of Guadal canal . Later in the Pacific War he would receive two Silve r Star Medals for conspicuous bravery . On D+3 at Tarawa , however, he very nearly lost his life . First Sergeant Michelony accompanied two other Ma rines on a routine reconnaissance of an area east of Gree n Beach, looking for likely positions to assign the battalio n mortar platoon .
Shoup, USM C n excerpt from the field notebook David Shoup carried during the battle of Taraw a reveals a few aspects of the personality of its enigmatic author : "If you are qualified, fate has a way of getting you to th e right place at the right time — tho' some times it appears to be a long, long wait :' For Shoup, the former farm boy fro m Battle Ground, Indiana, the combina tion of time and place worked to hi s benefit on two momentous occasions, a t Tarawa in 1943, and as President Dwigh t D.
To Lieutenant Lillibridge, going back on board ship after Betio was like go ing to heaven . "The Navy personne l were unbelievably generous and kin d . . we were treated to a full-scale tur- One of the few Japanese prisoners taken on Betio this man was captured late in the battle . LtGen Julian C . Smith Collectio n 47 ny for the 2d Marine Division for th e Tarawa operation .
Across the Reef: The Marine Assault of Tarawa by Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R