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Marines at Tarawa in Photos

Tarawa, or Betio Island, was assaulted on November 20th, 1943 by the 2nd Marine Division. The Japanese defended Tarawa with approximately 3,000 men of the 7th Sasebo Special Naval Landing Force, "Japanese Imperial Marines," and 1,000 Korean laborers. By the end of the battle 990 U.S. Marines were listed as killed-in-action. Out of the entire Japanese garrison 1 officer and 16 Japanese enlisted men survived. The American public was outraged; by the 3,286 casualties, inflicted on the Marines, for an island 1 square mile in size.

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  1. 4499124
    4499124 Jan 19, 2012

    God knows how many thousands of yards of color film are still to be found, edited and presented to sites such as military.com...I wonder what some elderly US vets in their late 80s and early 90s think of this!

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