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    Breeze147's Avatar Senior Member
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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-h...rticle&id=6543

    Note that Sgt. Basilone, who could have stayed safe at home on Bond tours, elected to return to the war and was killed at Iwo Jima.
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    Operation Shoestring. Marines on Guadalcanal abandoned by the US Navy after Savo. Held out. Destroyed each Japanese attempt to retake the island. US Army relieved the Marines and forced the starving Japanese to abandon the island. Marine fighter pilots defeated Japan's best. Attrited the Japanese fighter arm until they were told to dogfight the Zeroes in the fall of '42 because the best Japanese fighter pilots were dead. The U.S. Navy attrited the Imperial Japanese Navy in the wildest night melees in modern nsval history, and fought them to a standstill in the carrier battles. The remnant of the essential Japanese carrier air arm was destroyed in the two carrier battles for Guadalcanal. From Guadalcanal onwards the U.S. had the strategic initiative in the Pacific War. The U.S. proved it had the will to fight an attrition battle, and often against the odds. Much of the credit for victory belongs to Halsey who refused to consider retreat.
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    Most of us realize just how bloody Guadalcanal was for the Marine Corps but the History Channel series "Battlefield 360" about the carrier Enterprise illustrated that the US Navy had it quite bad as well. IIRC just one night time battle cost the lives of 1500 US sailors. That's a good point about Halsey, Leit. Without the USN acting as a shield, the Marines would have been up sh*t creek. This takes nothing away from the Marine Corps. The deprivation, sickness and constant combat they endured is the stuff of legend!
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    The 1st Raider Battalion (Colonel Edson) and the 1st Parachute Battalion can also be given a big thanks for holding Bloody Ridge, 12-14 September 1942, against the overwhelming numbers of the Japanese force of Major General Kiyotaki Kawaguchi.
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