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By Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R

ISBN-10: 0788135384

ISBN-13: 9780788135385

This book, one in a chain dedicated to U.S. Marines on the earth warfare II period, is released for the schooling and coaching of Marines through 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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LtGen Julian C . Smith Collection 30 land on Green Beach in support o f the 6th Marines . These tactical plans took muc h longer to execute than envisioned . Jones was ready to debark fro m Feland (APA 11) when the ship wa s suddenly ordered underway to avoi d a perceived submarine threat . Hours passed before the ship could retur n close enough to Betio to launch th e rubber boats and their LCVP tow craft . 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 .

Ensign Ota told his captors the gar rison expected the landings along the south and southwest sectors instea d of the northern beaches . He also thought the reef would protect th e defenders throughout periods of low tide . " In three days of sharp fight ing on Butaritari Island, the Army wiped out the Japanese garrison a t the cost of 200 American casualties . Bad blood developed betwee n "Howling Mad" Smith and Ralp h campaign . The grimy Marines on Betio too k a deep breath and sank to th e ground .

Meanwhile, Major Jones and LT 1/6 were finally on the move . It ha d been a day of many false starts . A t one point, Jones and his men ha d been debarking over the sides i n preparation for an assault on th e eastern end of the Betio when "Th e Word" changed their mission t o Green Beach . When Feland finally returned to within reasonable rang e from the island, the Marines of L T 1/6 disembarked for real . Using tactics developed with the Navy durin g the Efate rehearsal, the Marines loaded on board LCVPs which towe d their rubber rafts to the reef .

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