A close encounter : the marine landing on Tinian by Richard Harwood

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An in depth come upon: The Marine touchdown on Tinian by means of Richard Harwood

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Cates, commanding general, DIRECTOR OF MARINE CORPS HISTORY AND MUSEUMS Brigadier General Edwin H. C. Their 4th Marine Division; LtCol Justice M. Chambers, commanding officer, 3d Battalion, 25th Marines; MajGen Carl W. Hoffman, commanding officer, Company C, 2d Battalion, 8th Marines; Gen Robert E. 1-fogaboom, G-3, Northern Troops Landing Force; MajGen Louis R. Jones, commanding officer, 23d Marines; BGen Frederick J. Karch, S-3, 14th Ma:rines; MajGen Wood B. Kyle, com- manding officer, 1st Battalion, 2d Marines; MajGen William W.

Marine Corps, GENERAL EDITOR, WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE SERIES Benis M. Frank CARTOGRAPHIC CONSULTANT George C. MacGillivray EDITING AND DESIGN SECTION, HISTORY AND MUSEUMS DIVISION Robert E. Struder, Senior Editor; W. Stephen Hill, Visual Information Specialist; Catherine A. C. 20374-5040 of staff, 4th Marine Division; LtGen 1994 James L. Underhill, island commander, Tinian.

In his official history of the 2d Ma- rine Division, Richard W. Johnston records the reaction when news of the surrender reached the division at its base on Saipan: They looked at Tinian's clean and rocky coast, at the coral boulders where they had gone ashore, and they thought of the forbidding coasts of Japan — the coasts that awaited them in the fall. "That Tinian was a pretty good investment, I guess;' one Marine finally said. The anecdote may be apocryphal. The sentiment is historically true.

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