Marines In China

At the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941, there was one remaining Marine detachment in mainland China—the Peking Embassy guards, including a small detachment of Marines at Tientsin. The 4th Marines had left Shanghai a month before and eventually landed in the Philippines where they fought at Bataan.

To avoid a bloodbath, if not complete annihilation, the Embassy guards surrendered and thus became the longest recorded American prisoners of war of World War II (WWII). American Marine presence in mainland China had come to an end.

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