January 1944

The Attack on Tarawa

Volume 28, Issue 1

Clifford P Morehouse

C H Metcalf

Some Eye-Witness Accounts

(The following story was written by Sergeant Pete Zurlinden, a Marine Corps Combat Correspondent.)


WITH seven other Marines, I have been bobbing around in a Navy tank lighter for the past 48 hours, trying to reach Betio Beach, about 1,000 yards away, where several thousand other Leathernecks are engaged in one of the bitterest hand-to-hand combats the Pacific war theater-or any war theater-has ever witnessed.

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