By Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R
This booklet, one in a sequence dedicated to U.S. Marines on the earth warfare II period, is released for the schooling and coaching of Marines through the historical past 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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Capture of the largest po sition, a concrete pillbox near th e beach, enabled easier approaches t o the remaining bunkers . By 1300, i t was all over . At high noon, while the fightin g in both sectors was still underway, a Navy fighter plane landed on Betio' s Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 63455 A Marine throws a hand grenade during the battle for the interior of the island . littered with wrecked LVTs and bloat ed bodies . Major Hays finally got som e flamethrowers (from Crowe's engineers when LT 2/8 was ordered to stand down), and the attack of 1/ 8 from the east made steady, if pains taking, progress .
Formed by sleepless men under constant fire . dozens of casualties and did her best . Admiral Hill then took the risk of Casualty handling was the mos t pressing logistic problem on D+1 . The 2d Marine Division was heroi - dispatching the troopship Doyen (APA 1) into the lagoon early o n D+1 for service as primary receiv- cally served at Tarawa by its organ ic Navy doctors and hospita l ing ship for critical cases . Lieutenan t Commander James Oliver, MC , USN, led a five-man surgical team corpsmen .
A s he spat out the foul liquid from his mouth, Michelony real ized there were live Japanese in among the dead, decaying ones . The smell, taste, and fear he experienced inside th e bunker were almost overpowering . "Somehow I manage d to get out . To this day, I don't know how . I crawled ou t of this cesspool dripping wet :' The scorching sun dried hi s utilities as though they had been heavily starched ; they still stank . "For months after, I could taste and smell, as well as visualize, this scene :' Fifty years after the incident, retired Sergeant Major Michelony still has no sense of smell .
Across the Reef: The Marine Assault of Tarawa by Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R