Across the Reef: The Marine Assault of Tarawa by Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R

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By Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R

This booklet, one in a chain dedicated to U.S. Marines on the earth warfare II period, is released for the schooling and coaching of Marines by way of the historical past 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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Smith then calle d a meeting of his commanders to assign orders for D+3 . Smith directed Holmes to have McLeod's 3/6 pass through the lines of Jones' 1/6 in order to have a fresh battalion lead the assault eastward . Murray's 2/6 would land on Green In addition, many Japanes e strong points to westward o f our front lines within our posi tion that have not been reduced . Progress slow and extremely costly. Complete occupatio n will take at least 5 days more . Naval and air bombardment a great help but does not take ou t emplacements .

Both destroy- Marines use newly arrived jeeps to carry machine gun ammunition, demolitions, and other ordnance forward from the beach to troops fighting in the front lines . LtGen Julian C . Smith Collectio n The Japanese struck Jones' lines again at 2300 . One force made a noisy demonstration across fro m Company A's lines — taunting, clink ing canteens against their helmets , yelling Banzai! — while a second force attacked Company B with a silen t rush . The Marines repulsed this attack, too, but were forced to use thei r machine guns, thereby revealing thei r positions .

The good news from Ryan quickly solved th e problem . Smith ordered Holmes t o land one battalion by rubber rafts o n Green Beach, with a second landin g team boated in LCVPs prepared t o wade ashore in support . At this time Smith received report s that Japanese troops were escaping from the eastern end of Betio b y wading across to Bairiki, the next is land . The Marines did not want to fight the same tenacious enemy twice . " Holmes assigne d Lieutenant Colonel Raymond L . " Jones to land 1/6 by rub ber boat on Green Beach, and Lieu tenant Colonel Kenneth F.

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