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Posted: 11/20/2003 6:30:36 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 6:33:23 AM EDT
Hand salute!

Taps.

Order Arms!

Amen.

Semper Fi
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 6:35:19 AM EDT
My dad was there. He was on an LST that landed equipment on the beach.
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 6:41:44 AM EDT
Great post,

Thanks ETH
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 6:50:38 AM EDT
Thanks ETH.
Another fine read...

-HS
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 7:06:13 AM EDT
Thanks for the post.

Freedom is not Free,


Link Posted: 11/20/2003 7:08:21 AM EDT
If they only knew how grateful I am for their many sacrifices.

D The (HumbledToHaveWornTheSameUniformAsTheMenWhoFo­ughtAtTarawa) Peacher

Link Posted: 11/20/2003 7:14:02 AM EDT
If only we could regain that mind set among our people again.
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 9:15:08 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 9:19:37 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 9:40:18 AM EDT
I know an old Marine that fought on Tarawa and was wounded.

I thank God for these brave men.
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 9:53:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:
I learned about this when I was in High School.

Unfortuntately it was not taught to me by the school, I read it on my own somewhere else. I don't even believe our US history book even referred to the event.



The WWII vet history teachers in my high school would cover lots of good WWII history. But the Boomer teachers that followed always had a chip on their shoulders about the WWII crowd and war in general.

Still, I remember pouring over old WWII FMs and Identification Guides that the teacher brought in back in the day!
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 9:55:31 AM EDT
I learned about this battle and many others during my brief (although it didn't seem brief) stay on Parris Island.
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 9:55:53 AM EDT
The following June, Lt. Col. Crowe, commander of 2/8, lead his Marines onto Green 1 during the invasion of Saipan. They were ferried to the beaches by the Army's 715th Amphibious Tractor Battalion. My fathers brother was a tractor driver in the 715th. He was KIA during the approach to the beach. His assitant driver was badly burned by the transfer case as he tried to remove my fathers brothers body from the driver seat so that he could gain control of the tractor. The assistant driver was, due to his injuries, unfit to drive and a rifleman from 2/8 took the controls, transferred the body and the injured asst. driver to a track returning to the ship and delivered the Marines to the beach.
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 10:02:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By einnor1040:
My dad was there. He was on an LST that landed equipment on the beach.



If your Dad is still around, please tell him "thanks" from all of us.
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 6:39:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/22/2003 5:55:20 AM EDT
SALUTE
Link Posted: 11/22/2003 6:22:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DarkNite:

The WWII vet history teachers in my high school would cover lots of good WWII history. But the Boomer teachers that followed always had a chip on their shoulders about the WWII crowd and war in general.



I'm a Boomer. Although I don't teach (I have in the past), I have no chips on my shoulder about WWII. My father was in the Army Air Corps and my uncle spent a month crawling around on his belly on Iwo Jima, and I'm proud as hell of both. Beware generalizations.
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