36 Marines killed at Tarawa in World War II finally come home ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

Posted: July 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Battle of Tarawa has become a Marine Corps legend. It was the first time Marines had to face serious resistance to their amphibious landings, with the tiny island so heavily fortified that a Japanese admiral, Keiji Shibazaki, said it would take a million men a hundred years to take it.

The Marines succeeded, and in just three short days, but it was a hard-fought battle. Nearly 1,000 Marines were killed fighting the Japanese, who were prepared to fight to the last man — and they very nearly did, with only one officer and a handful of enlisted men surrendering. For the United States, it was a heavy loss. Some of the Marines who fell at Tarawa never got to come home… until now.

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