By Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R
This booklet, one in a sequence dedicated to U.S. Marines on the planet struggle II period, is released for the schooling and coaching of Marines via the heritage and Museums department, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., as part of the U.S. division of protection observance of the fiftieth anniversary of victory in that war."
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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 . General Smith assumed comman d of operations ashore at 1930 .
The battalion was spread out over the ocean from horizon to horizon . " Jones was alarmed a t the frequent appearance of antiboa t mines moored to coralheads beneat h the surface . The rubber rafts passe d over the mines without incident, bu t Jones also had two LVTs accompanying his ship-to-shore movement, eac h preloaded with ammo, rations , water, medical supplies, and spare ra dio equipment . Guided by the rafts , one of the LVTs made it ashore, bu t the second drifted into a mine whic h blew the heavy vehicle 10 feet int o the air, killing most of the crew and destroying the supplies .
Am phibious transports entered the la goon on 24 November an d backloaded Combat Teams 2 and 8 . 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