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Keith Brownmiller

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One of the top seven battles in Marine Corps History.

#6 The Battle of Tarawa

A Japanese Admiral said the islet couldn’t be taken by 1,000,000 men over 100 years. The U.S. Marines took it in 76 hours. Image credit: moddb.com

Marines were ordered to seize Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll on November 20, 1943. The Japanese were waiting in their pill boxes and bunkers, protecting their crucial air strip on the coral islet.

Though a Japanese Admiral reportedly bragged no one could take the small island covered with Japanese fortifications with a million men in 100 years, the Marines took it in 76 hours.

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The Battle for Tarawa
http://www.usstarawalha1.com/post/speech-8-battle-of-tarawa-uss-tarawa-usmc-6670439?pid=1280740501#post1280740501
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Keith, you should play this clip for your Marine friend who fought in the battle.

ALSO , in one of the christening clips, they mention the employees who fought at the battle, too. He may recognize some of their names.
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