76 years ago today.........

Discussion in 'Cactus Cafe' started by LousianaHorn, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. LousianaHorn

    LousianaHorn 500+ Posts

    the Battle of Tarawa began........76 hours of hell on earth. I've read numerous accounts of this battle and the bravery exhibited was above and beyond. PS.........did you know that actor Eddie Albert was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions a member of the US Navy during this battle.

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  2. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    I can't imagine the horror these brave Marines faced, knowing some would die.
    And still they surged forward.
    Great vid
    thanks for posting
    We need to give these wonderful warriors more supporrt
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  3. BevoJoe

    BevoJoe 5,000+ Posts

    There is an effort to find the graves of Marines killed a buried on the island during the fighting. The ocean level is rising and in the near future the island will disappear. One man in our neighborhood was a Marine during WWII and was on both Tarawa and Iwo. He never talked about either and we never asked. We knew better. He and my father, also a Marine, would talk, but not to us about action they saw. My father opened up A couple of years ago about fighting in Korea, landing at Inchon, pushing up to the Chinese border, and how cold it was. He’s 90 now, but still going strong.
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  4. LousianaHorn

    LousianaHorn 500+ Posts

    My Dad was Marine Corps in Korea also.........got over there as a replacement right after the Blue Diamond got back from Chosin.............that cold ruined him.......when we would go duck hunting it could be 30 degrees and he would have the window in the pickup rolled part way down freezing my *** off.........lol.

    PS..........they have ID'ed (DNA) and repatriated many fallen Marines over the last few years from Betio.
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  5. BevoJoe

    BevoJoe 5,000+ Posts

    People have asked me if I was in the military, I tell them I spent 18 years in boot camp. That surprises them and I explain my father is a Marine and when active finished as a DI, so when I was a kid, every day was like living in the Corp. I did 18 years as a grunt at the buck private rank...with NO pay! :D
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  6. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 5,000+ Posts


    Has your dad been to the WWII Museum in NOLA?

    My grandson is 11, and is fascinated y WWII. When we went to The Sugar Bowl, he was 10 and spent a day and a half in the museum. It's now NOLA's biggest tourist attraction.
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  7. BevoJoe

    BevoJoe 5,000+ Posts

    I don’t think so. I’ll ask him the next time we have a chat. Thanks for the info!

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