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 means of the historical past and Museums department, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., as part of the U.S. division of security observance of the fiftieth anniversary of victory in that war."
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Within an hour, Sherrod coul d count "at least two hundred bodies Readily disassembled and reassembled, the 75mm pack howitzers of 1st Battalion , 10th Marines, were ideal for Tarawa's restrictive hydrography . The battalion man handled its guns ashore under heavy fire late on D-Day . Thereafter, these Marine s provided outstanding fire support at exceptionally short ranges to the infantry . The Marines of LT 1/8 had spen t the past 18 hours embarked i n LCVPs . During one of the endless circles that night, Chaplain W.
The light tanks were among th e few critical items not truly comba t loaded in their transports, being car ried in the very bottom of the carg o holds . Indiscriminate unloading dur ing the first 30 hours of the landin g had further scrambled supplies an d equipment in intervening decks . I t Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 6349 2 Navy hospital corpsmen attend a critically wounded Marine on Betio . The 2d Marine Division's organic medical personnel paid a high price while administering ai d to fallen Marines : 30 Navy doctors and corpsmen were killed ; another 59 wounded .
Jones returned to his troops in his borrowed tank and issued the necessary orders . Landing Team 1/6 con tinued the attack at 1330, passin g through Kyle's lines in the process . Immediately it ran into heavy opposition . The deadliest fire came fro m heavy weapons mounted in a turret type emplacement near the sout h beach . This took 90 minutes to over come . The light tanks were brave bu t ineffective . Neutralization took sus tained 75mm fire from one of th e Sherman medium tanks . Resistanc e was fierce throughout Jones' zone , and his casualties began to mount .