Didn’t know what the hell I was doin’...what I was supposed to be doin’. During the whole siege of Tarawa, I don’t know how many rounds I fired off.

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San Diego recruit fought in bloodiest 76 hours of World War II – Tarawa

From Camp Elliot near I-15 they were shipping out to the South Pacific

"What I saw ... was, I am certain, one of the greatest works of devastation wrought by man. Words are not adequate to describe what I saw on this island of less than a square ...


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