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Tarawa Bombardment

MSgt Roger M. Emmons
Gazette
March 1948

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Tarawa – Lest We Forget

LtCol Richard G. Brown
Gazette
November 1980

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Reconnaissance at Tarawa Atoll

J. Frederick Haley
Gazette
November 1980

Baptism by Fire: Sherman Tanks at Tarawa
Baptism by Fire: Sherman Tanks at Tarawa

Col Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (Ret)
Leatherneck
November 1993

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Artillery at Tarawa

LtCol P.M. Rixey and Maj Wendell H. Best
Gazette
November 1944

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This Was Tarawa

Col Clyde H. Metcalf, USMC
Gazette
May 1944

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Tarawa: The Second Day

Robert Sherrod
Gazette
November 1973

TARAWA: The Third Day on Red-3
TARAWA: The Third Day on Red-3

Eric Hammel
Leatherneck
November 2018

Maps

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Capture of Betio 20-23 November 1943
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The Gilbert Islands: Makin Atoll and Western Half of Butaritari and Tarawa Atoll and Betio Island
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Micronesia, Melanesia, and New Guinea
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Far East and Pacific 1941 – 1945

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Testimonials

Looking at pictures in history books and reading the stories tells you what happened. Looking at the beach from atop a tank that’s buried in the lagoon, feeling the sun beating down on you, and smelling the ocean, truly brings what we read to life.

– GySgt Derek Smith

When we walked into the History Flight lab the first thing you see is a wall of faces staring back at you. They are the faces of Marines and Sailors that paid the ultimate price on that island. Some of them had already been found, some of them were still waiting their turn. Some of the pictures had descriptions on them such as, “GSW to head,” and “Three month old daughter.” It was a truly humbling experience and one that I will never forget.

– Cpl Sarah Thee

We were able to walk through the Japanese fortified positions facing both parts of the island. Not only were they heavily fortified, but they were heavily equipped with sophisticated weaponry, which covered all avenues of approach from the enemy. As I stared out at the Japanese fields of fire and imagined the Marines taking the beachheads, I remember asking Gunny Smith “How the hell did we take this island?” He looked back at me and said “I have no idea, Sir, pretty remarkable.”

– Capt William Brady Baxter

Other Resources

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The Battle for Tarawa

Capt. James R. Stockman, USMC
Historical Section Division of Public Information Headquarters USMC

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Tarawa Campaign

Collections Index
Archives Branch
Marine Corps History Division

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Through Crimson Tides

Tarawa’s Effect on Military Tactics and Public Perception of War
Josh Hudak, Clemson University

Lessons from Tarawa and Their Relevance to the Operating Environment of 2011
Lessons from Tarawa and Their Relevance to the Operating Environment of 2011

Master of Military Studies Research Paper
LtCol Jeffrey J. Abramaitys, USMCR