January 1944

Tarawa Airfield Named for Marine

Volume 28, Issue 1

Robert M White II

THREE airfields on newly taken strategic atolls in the Gilbert Islands have been named, two of them in honor of two U. S. naval officers who were recently reported missing in action, and one for a Marine hero who went in ahead of the first assault wave and was killed in action on Betio Island.

They are:

Hawkins Field on Betio Island, Tarawa, in honor of First Lieutenant William Deane Hawkins, USMC, killed in action on Betio.

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