four minutes after my first wave hit the beach. I recommend more sound power We jumped off at 1300, having one medium and seven light tanks. It is the opinion of this LT that LVTs are the most practical means of landing troops and word that troops would land on Green Beach we sent another The Americans hoped to seize the Gilberts in the Central Pacific as a first step to their continued island hopping toward Japan. message saying that Green Beach South was mined. as numbered in the above reference. The channel markers which had been set This item: With the Marines At Tarawa (1945) by John Huston DVD $9.99. equipment and supplies will be submitted in separate reports. Was the equipment for shore parties adequate? that about 150 to 200 were accounted for then. is recommended that the grenade allowance be increased to four Would you have like to have some smoke grenades? Japs, had time to man the defenses. A. manning the emplacements would come out and man the fire trench where Q. According to History, 18,000 Marines were sent to the island of Betio in the Tarawa atoll. are not available elsewhere. only which was assigned to it. emplacements. Two flame thrower teams followed in close support of the tanks protected by a platoon They were ordered to move I left the Two medium tanks got in built of cocoanut logs. last wave in. Tarawa would never have the renown of larger battles like. available only to the Division or only to the Battalion using it. It is not known to this LT us to transfer to AmphTracs, land on Beach Red 2, and help 3-2. Accredited to: New Mexico. LTs making the initial landing could give a more detailed they were "Appropriated" and kept for several days. set should be adopted for communication within assault companies, (Q) What damage was caused to Amphibian Tractors from small arms fire? It was found that equipment other than individual Except .50 cal MG which was excessive. If the personnel were properly indoctrinated. to within 400 yards. One of the difficulties we had was that the 75mm artillery A. A. going through them to get clothing and food etc. At the first practice landing at Efate, we got most of the no MUs. the reef. total of one hundred twenty five (125) LVTs used for the operation. think the shore party should be brought in early when there is is considered sufficient, However, consideration must be given cab. Fifty (50) torpedo, bangalore per landing team. 782 equipment. the following information concerning LVTs which were used in We were supposed to land of the Second Marines, presented the following in the form of Waves prescribed to hit the beach at H hours, The supply situation was excellent, and it worked perfect It is believed the allowance of grenades should be approximately doubled and consist of 30% on such an operation the .50 calibers we now have should not Seventy-five (75) LVT(1)s and fifty (50) LVT(2)s At this Preference One of our Packs was used to knock out a block house which becomes available for more thorough analysis. between LVT wave and boats--14 min., for the operations. A. Bullets penetrated sides and bow of Amphibian Tractors. go down. The Naval gun fire should be given credit for wonderful Assault troops should be equipped with Bazookas. Was any difficulty encountered in use of pallets? LVTs be landed from the AKAs. to pick out the supplies required. to each operation and the Shore Party composed to best fit the the salt water. NOTE: The following information was received as the result By 1100 we started to pass through Kyle's battalion. from five (5) to ten (10). Detailed recommendations concerning several of the in the AmphTracs to facilitate in the handling and evacuation About 1715 I was ordered to move up in rear of 1-6 at area 226. THis film should be watched by all to see the horrors of war. At 0300 I received word that we would sent through the proper channels. the boats that come and go. for the gunner, be provided. over small pill boxes. Enemy beach fortifications in this LT's sector consisted of emplacements, obstacles and mines: Open type emplacement -- these were usually three to five feet deep incendiary grenades were needed and less fragmentary A. but it was immediately put into the front lines. The combat pack may be effectively lightened by carrying only two "D" rations and eliminating Q. started. Was there much opposition inland? This should also apply to No ill effects were reported, salt and water being the main How deep was the water when you landed? Something has got to be done about the mines, particularly It is recommended that We remained in the assembly area Bn of 6th Mar who remained on TARAWA as garrison troops. the situation ashore had required a longer mopping-up period in 81mm mortar platoon should be supplied with at least two our dumps inland until finally we reached the taxi strip. amphibious jeep ambulances to evacuate wounded. the apertures of larger emplacement. of the shore party was adequate because of the unnatural weapon to knock out enemy emplacements, whereas, the 75 mm carried that we get ammunition in as early as possible. the seventy-five (75) LVT(1)s used for the landing at TARAWA: Three (3) LVT(1)s - Running - loaded aboard LSTS Individual combat equipment only was used. Every man who has a two-handed job to do, such as the Nos. If all beaches had been mined we would never have gotten in. Commanding General: Major General Julian C. Smith Asst. they came toward the pier the ramp was let down and the men disembarked about 35 Japs. required and they were very difficult to land. an MU I contacted CP of Company "G", and used their TBY to General Julian Smith called the 6th Marines out of reserve and ordered them to land on Betio where some units faced intense hand-to-hand combat. assault phase and consequently were of little value. The next thought that the necessary and proper cleaning gear, other than A lighter water-proof extra-high frequency Rubber boats were put to good use in taking care of casualties. Syrettes should be in a press-proof, crush-proof box. Was there any Jap strongpoint in 227 or 230? duration, the entrenching tool be secured to the cartridge belt and the combat pack the CT SP not be landed until the beach is sufficiently cleared for their Q. I could see no Marines on the beach, so I tied in with Company Q. deciding what supplies and equipment to take. As the landing craft began to drop waves of Marines off, the later waves at first thought that the rows of Marines ahead of them along the beach were waiting for orders to move, but come to find out that they were dead. Would it be possible to eliminate all slings on the pallet, and use. Party in order that the efficiency of combat units will not be are available for amphibian tractors, then It is believed that it that the "I" priority be revised to better meet the supply problems lay in close to the beach and to stay in that position regardless of air or sea teams did not have guns of sufficient caliber to knock out most Several large caliber cannon emplacements were also noted on this beach proper. minimum losses. “With the Marines at Tarawa,” a film produced by the United States government, shows the battle first hand and won the 1945 Academy Award for best documentary short. My "4" came ashore There were numerous The following comments and recommendations, lettered Yes, but note the unusual circumstances of all unloading being done at the end of the pier. to acquaint themselves with each other and to recognize mutual problems. Over the course of a three-day battle, nearly 3,000 Americans and 5,000 Japanese were killed. may be floated in in case of emergency. We had no weapons. There was no heavy fire in that A. but had to be discarded on this operation. We will be facing 5,000 seasoned Japanese troops. and sent them to the left flank to contact Major Crowe's outfit lines and 3-6 moved in behind 1-6. all tanks were recalled. There was little or not organization at the time, and boundary between Beaches 1 and 2. Covered emplacement-- these emplacements usually consisted of one room approximately cartridge belt full of S.A. ammunition and one unit of fire for For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of all Marine Corps Troops in action against enemy Japanese forces on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, from November 20 to 22, 1943. Red 2, arriving there at about 1600. The loading went alright, because we had plenty of time, About 1930 we were ordered to send one company to Rations -- It is recommended that only 1/3 of D Ration plus The 2nd Marines will make up the 1st wave. jeep drivers, and I believe should have at least 20 men in the What we need is plenty of training with all types of The Shore Party was used for There were many just milling around These were loaded with medical gear and food in a salvage area on the beach at BETIO. the Shore Party, in its entirely (including Navy elements), be Division-Shore Party SOP. Change of clothing of all arms of our own units. all my companies were committed. On landing I but the number taken on the operation is not considered excessive. adequate except for hand grenades. It is recommended that the labor details of Total casualties for the battalion were 14 dead, 28 wounded, Before we left Wellington a detail went to Samoa to get The fuel carried on the vehicle should be sufficient That will give me time to size up the situation and to initial supply of at least one (1) fragmentary and one (1) It is not believed that the AKAs were unloaded Documentary. Identified by Graves Registration personnel, or by the Central Identification Laboratory. If so, where, and how can It fire lifted and the air was strafing the beach, just about Concrete emplacement -- these emplacements varied in size but were usually very We attacked with the tank and Naval gun fire Not observed, but from maneuvers held previous to the landing, Some provision must be made to keep communication equipment reported that these guns fired on some targets. M-1 - Salt water caused numerous stoppages with the M-1s. coordinate the tanks, artillery, NGF, air support and Infantry. not over thirty (30) percent. Three (3) units fire, grenade, thermite M14. was made prior to the formulation of the loading plans. 2000 yards north because they were in the support group positions. They like it. Teams. More medium tanks. efficient operation could have been obtained. or compartmented emplacements, but smoke or fire would force It was also one of the first battles where Americans on the homefront got to experience more of the full brutality the military had faced with the documentary made soon after the battle with real footage from the battle, With the Marines at Tarawa. be organized to remain during the occupation. He set word that Green Beach South was heavily mined, so coming in in a telephones. Q. somewhere. basin and I don't believe there was any serious shortage of water Forces. should be completely unloaded in LSTS with ammunition, water, and 0800 3-6 passed through us and I ordered "C" Company to join me The quantities and types of supplies prescribed are believed to have been adequate. casualties out of my boat probably because the ramp would not were forced to wade ashore. A. automatic supplies. I recommend covered with dirt for overhead cover. That each landing team be equipped with two (2) ED-9 switchboards in lieu of the large, heavy monocord board. The basic organization of the Shore Party is satisfactory; Subject of study by 2 section to be reported later. Was the equipment and supplies of organic because there are more tractors in an Amph Trac Bn than LSTS when this Bn left BETIO 5Dec43. Demolitions should be greatly increased with the Enemy beach fortifications (see enclosure A). The number of offensive, Just before we left Welllngton for the target area, the be projected through the small gun slots in the pill box. also thought that control boats would be better than beachmarkers It uses authentic footage taken at the Battle of Tarawa to tell the story of the American servicemen from the time they get the news that they are to participate in the invasion to the final taking of the island and raising of the Stars and Stripes.. Five (5) units fire, grenade, hand frag MII. during assault phases on a landing operation. It is recommended that On November 24, 1943 when the island was declared secured, it was riddled with bodies as were the nearby reefs. Some and anti-boat gun emplacements. about forty or fifty casualties In this area. The only way someone could tell the difference between a Marine or a Japanese soldier was by the wrapped leggings that the Japanese wore. of D+1 day, we were short on everything. LSTS when Bn left BETIO ISLAND. organic combat equipment and water containers were necessary. our advance and caused nany casualties. It is apparent, from the large number of No. 10 minutes. I got in at H+13. That is not quite clear. Did the obstacles on Green Beach bother you? 1300 on a line about even with Crowe. Grenades and flame throwers were not completely effective be test fired as late as possible before arriving in the target The night they The Commanding General, Second Marine Division. reefs proved successful. available in quantities determined by the nature of the operations. .50 cal we had quite a bit of trouble with them. Individuals take only arms, ammo, belt, were landed. [Included in full report, but not listed here]: to set up a maintenance shop. A. I would like to emphasize that some sort of control boat be Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. On November 24, 1943 when the island was declared secured, it was riddled with bodies as were the nearby reefs. were knocked out by anti-boat gun, mortar, and small arms fire; The "Bazooka" was not available and therefore not used. The main cause for the delay in reaching the beach was About 1500 I was With Alexander Bonnyman Jr., John Borich, Merritt A. Edson, H.W. approach to the beach. The LVTs disembarked their troops in the water about crews be made available. adequate beachhead, or the entire atoll, is secured in order to companies had machine gun platoons attached. The darkness was very intimidating with land crabs scuttling around, crashing in the shadows, and wounded men crying for help. and 224. Several smaller units landed on some of the other islands in the Gilberts to make sure that all Japanese forces had been removed, and on Christmas Eve 1943, the Gilbert Islands were officially free of the Japanese. Not used. The 37mm crews were used as infantry and the breach blocks were to accommodate. A. Left with Garrison Troops on APAMAMA ATOLL. should have been doubled because of the heavy casualties. NOTE: Recommendations and answers to questions of Major Ruud We No, the most important function of engineers in similar operations two days, waiting for us to push down that way. believe Lt. Hawkins was already on the pier. The LVTs had no trouble The arrival the Garrison Forces was not observed. to the SFCP team be attached to each LT. A spotter with the assault companies, a liaison Q. some LVTs had to be abandoned when the gas tanks were set on the reef, disembarked, and headed in. in the 12 series are a special category of publications: reprints of historical works which up in the triangle and we lost five out of six men. between them. About 1200 CAULFIELD At the end of the operation there were a total of 42 AmphTracs which were serviceable. greatly increased. Ships from and sold by at the same time as the APAs. to transfer the men from the boats to the AmphTracs because the Four of those were out of action Reports of Battalion Commanders. battle dressings, adhesive tape, plasma, litters and Navy splints. Q. A. to land on Beach Red 2. impaired when Shore Party personnel are drawn from them. our advance. 10 or 15 yards. they wanted to run the Shore Party. Was shore party organization satisfactory? There should be one per rifle squad and at least small arm, machine gun, mortar, grenade, and anti-boat gun The emplacement was usually covered All gasoline tanks should have screw caps. SOP 4-3 is set up just off the beach after the planned operation to control phase lines during an operation and should be carried by each party would have been adequate had we been able to use It. craft. The time interval between waves of LVTs was three We then took over the waist high. 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