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The USS Tarawa LHA-1 was built by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries, one of more than 275 ships of all kinds which it has manufactured and now serve in military and commercial roles with the distinction and excellent performance throughout the world. When it appeared there would be a pressing need to meet national security and shipping requirements in the future, Litton made the move to construct a modern shipbuilding facility expanding the capacity it already had at Pascagula, Mississippi. It made this tremendous effort and investment largely on faith that American would support a strong defense posture, and that maritime needs would remain at a high level. Even when Litton won the concept and design competition for what was called the FDLS (Fast Deployment Logistics Ship), and it was not funded, the drive to keep on course with the shipyard continued unbated. This persistence in going doggedly on was a national resource development because while the decisions wee being made to update and modernize the U.S. Navy - and what kinds of ships would be involve - no time was being lost in readying a modern shipbuilding complex which would undertake such programs. More that 700 acres comprise the Ingalls layout, and every day - 365 day a year - some company or individual approaches Litton Industries asking it to undertake a shipbuilding project of some kind. The USS is the first of five LHA (General Purpose Amphibious Assault) ships which will be built for the U.S. Navy, which are especially designed to the mission requirements of the United States Marine Corps.
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Until that day in November, 1943, it was an still, just one of the many islands called the Gilberts. Enclosing a lagoon, by simple dimensions it was about 13 miles wide and 18 miles long. To the American military strategist, it was one important step closer to the Japanese home islands, whose warlords had to be subdued. Hopefully then, the great ocean in which all this was happening would once more be called the Pacific. To the Japanese who defended it at the cost of more than 4,000 of its men, and to the United States Marines who attacked it, it became a 76 hour hell on earth. The Marines were awarded a shower of decorations for gallantry, among them four Medals of Honor. Three of those were posthumous - 1st Lieutenants Alexander Bonnyman and William Hawkins, and Staff Sgt. William Bordelon - and the 4th who lived through it all, Col. David M. Shoup, became Commandant of the Marine orps later. One of the reasons casualties to the Marines were so high was a hangup on outlying reefs, due in part to inadequate landing craft. "On day," said many of those who survived Tarawa's battle, "we will have our own ship, one which will help us respond to a greater variety of situations at less cost in lives, Marine lives..." So, in memory of those who gave everything they had - their blood, their lives - today, there is a ship, the USS Tarawa, which makes that old Marine dream come true at last.
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I wonder if I should play this during our AUG 2014 reunion in Las Vegas while we muster at one of our activities?
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Without having heard it, my vote would be play it.

I would ask that there be a way that we could download the audio.

It should be remembered that during WWII, the Marine/Navy team fought a horrific battle, that we ultimately won in route to Okinawa.

I consider it an honor to have been deployed aboard a ship with such a namesake.

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I got my old record player working. I would like to record the different sections of it and place it on Tarawa Forum for all to enjoy.
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I say bring it and let us all listen to it, I have never heard it would love too listen
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I got my old record player working. I would like to record the different sections of it and place it on Tarawa Forum for all to enjoy.
so cool Rick, can't wait to hear it
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I know that since you and Mary Lou are in Florida, we are just going to have to wait.
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I say bring it and let us all listen to it, I have never heard it would love too listen

David, you can hear it now. The entire record is on the forum!
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