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THE SECOND MARINE DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II

""There was one thing that won this battle, Holland," says Julian Smith, "and that was the supreme courage of the Marines. The prisoners tell us that what broke their morale was not the bombing, nor the naval gunfire, but the sight of Marines who kept coming ashore in spite of their machine gun fire.""

Tarawa by Robert Sherrod









1.
DIVISIONAL HISTORY
  Part I. Building a Legend
  Part II. First to Fight
  Part III. Starvation Island
  Part IV. An Island called Helen
 
A.
D-Day on Betio
 
B.
D+1
 
C.
Objective Secured
  Part V. Onward to the Marianas
 
A.
Saipan Beachhead
 
 
 
 
  Part VI. Okinawa and Beyond
2.
UNIT AWARDS AND CAMPAIGN CREDIT
3.
PERSONAL AWARDS AND CASUALTIES
4.
THE SECOND MARINE DIVISION PATCH


Tarawa24 November 1943. The U. S. Flag is raised over the island of Betio following the epic battle to secure that Japanese-held fortress. Still image from USMC combat camera film

 

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