January 1944

Guarding the Crossroads

Volume 28, Issue 1

The Seventh Defense Battalion in Samoa

WHEN war broke out, one of the crucial danger points in the South Pacific was American Samoa. This is an important crossroad in the Pacific on the main communication and supply route between the North American continent and Australia, New Zealand, and the Southwest Pacific islands.

Guarding this important American outpost was a single battalion of Marines-the 7th Defense Battalion-under the command of Colonel Lester A. Dessez.

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