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Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Gavutu: American Perseverance in the Summer of '42

CardSenseJimmyBond Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 10:36 AM
My dad was a radioman with Edson's Raiders and fought at Bloody Ridge. Miraculously, he survived Guadalcanal, Peleiliu (where he served under Chesty Puller), Saipan and Iwo Jima.
Georgia Boy 61 Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 4:20 PM
Texas, your dad must have been some kind of tough to survive all of that.... Semper Fi.
Gus9/11 Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 12:57 PM
wiseone Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 12:41 PM
"... he survived Guadalcanal, Peleiliu (where he served under Chesty Puller), Saipan and Iwo Jima."

I'll bet that's a small club.

The Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese surprise air strike on Pearl Harbor and subsequent attacks on American bases in the Philippines dealt U.S. naval and air forces a savage material blow.

For six months, Japan maintained what military analysts call "the strategic initiative." Japan acted, the U.S. and its allies reacted. Japanese forces, with their fast aircraft carriers providing the offensive muscle, seized territory and threatened allied lines of communication in the central, western and southern Pacific. Japanese commanders determined when and where major combat action would occur.

The heady, fast-paced and sensational days of Japanese offensive superiority lasted until...