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

Gus9/11 Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 1:14 PM
Just Curious ?? Who ever claimed that the Marines won any battle single-handedly? If that's a myth, it was created inside your own head. These guys were all American heroes, and we should never forget their sacrifice. There just seems to be something different about being locked in mortal combat with a determined enemy, face-to-face, rather than flying over them and dropping a bomb or being on board ship lobbing shells at each other at long distances. Death smiles at everyone...Marines smile back !
Georgia Boy 61 Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 4:25 PM
Gus, go jump in a lake, pal... I have forgotten more WWII history than you've ever known, so do not presume to lecture me on the subject. That clear enough for you??

It is simply a fact that in popular memory of the campaign for Guadalcanal, to the extent it is remembered at all, is remembered as a Marine victory. No one, least of all me, is suggesting that the USMC does not deserve the honors it won in that place; my point is that people tend to forget that the other services also suffered greatly and sacrificed much in the battle for the Solomons.

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...