November 1943

Bloody Ridge

Volume 27, Issue 7

ONE thing we learned the hard way. We definitely needed more engineers and laborers in the division, as it was necessary to take extra large working parties from each unit daily to repair the airfield and to handle supplies on the beaches. At times my regiment had almost 1,000 men away from the front line on working parties. Naturally, the preparation of our defensive position suffered and the men were also fatigued for their night watches. Luckily, the Japs always attacked during darkness so they did not catch us short-handed in the front lines.

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