By Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R
This book, one in a chain dedicated to U.S. Marines on the earth struggle 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 safeguard observance of the fiftieth anniversary of victory in that war."
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Beamer vation . And notwithstanding Majo r made superhuman efforts to get more Crowe's fighting spirit, these strong "March Macabre," a sketch by combat artist Kerr Eby, reflects the familiar scen e of wounded or lifeless Marines being pulled to shelter under fire by their buddies . S . Navy Combat Art Collectio n on one side of the airfield, Larr y Hays moved to the west, exactly op posite . . " Jones' plan was sound and well ex ecuted . The advantage of having i n place a fresh tactical unit with integrated supporting arms was immediately obvious .
The light tanks were brave bu t ineffective . Neutralization took sus tained 75mm fire from one of th e Sherman medium tanks . Resistanc e was fierce throughout Jones' zone , and his casualties began to mount . The team had conquered 800 yard s of enemy territory fairly easily in th e morning, but could attain barely hal f that distance in the long afternoon . 39 The 8th Marines, having finall y destroyed the three-bunker nemesis , made good progress at first, but the n ran out of steam past the eastern en d of the airfield .
As he jumped into th e water . The troops that followed were greeted by a murderous fire . " As Plant hurried to catch u p with Major Hays, he was terrified a t the sudden appearance of what he took to be Japanese fighters roarin g right towards him . These were the Navy Wildcats aiming for the near by Niminoa . The pilots were exuberant but inconsistent : one bomb hi t the hulk squarely ; others missed by 200 yards . An angry David Shou p came up on the radio : "Stop strafing ! Bombing ship hitting own troops!