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#1 Kurt Barickman

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:34 PM

Thought it might be interesting to resurrect some old threads on Tarawa on this day, Nov. 20 2001, the 68th anniversary of this horrific battle.

http://www.usmilitar...d...5&hl=tarawa

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:34 PM

Correction, 2011

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:35 PM

Another one

http://www.usmilitar...d...9&hl=tarawa

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:36 PM

Another one

http://www.usmilitar...d...1&hl=tarawa

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:37 PM

another one

http://www.usmilitar...d...2&hl=tarawa

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:39 PM

There are more out there, please post :rolleyes:

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:45 PM

Joseph G. Polifika

Company commander of C Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Marine Regiment, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and XO of 1st Battalion, 18th Regiment on Tinian.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:46 PM

Picture would be nice

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:52 PM

George Lillibridge

platoon leader in A-1-2 for Tarawa. Haunted for most of his life by the loss of eithe KIA or WIA of his platoon on Tarawa.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:53 PM

26 out of 39. The two assault regiments on Tarawa; 2nd and 8th suffered horrific casualties.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 03:58 PM

Dean Ladd
C-1-8.

Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 04:01 PM

Dean received a battlefield commission out of Guadalcanal and landed on Tarawa as did the rest of 1-8 on the morning of the second day. He was wounded in the water as the tractors were gone for the most part by the second day and the Higgins boats dropped off the men on the edge of the reef and had to wade in and suffered terrible casualties. Dean was saved that day by two Minnesotans. Eddie Heimberger aka Eddie Albert was a USN officer taking wounded back to hospital ships and picked Dean up and took him to a hospital ship where a Mayo Clinic surgeon was attending him which saved him from his severe stomach wound.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 04:06 PM

Harold Kapaun

Regimental Weapons Company,

Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 04:17 PM

Kurt Superb collection and thread.It does get any better than this. Mark

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 04:20 PM

Willis Douge,

Another C-1-8 man. Like Dean Ladd, wounded in the water walking in from the reef through terrific fire. Here are both his greens and blues with period applied 2nd Marine Division SSI.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 04:21 PM

Douge case

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 04:22 PM

PH transmittal document

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 04:29 PM

Leon Niebuhr

Regimental Headquarters, 2nd Regiment.

Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian. I have quite a few items of his to include his photo albums. Commendation ribbon from Guadalcanal from the Battle on the Manitakau River.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 04:38 PM

Great uniforms Kurt! Here's mine:

http://www.usmilitar...d...=120580&hl=

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 05:00 PM

Thanks Mark: I thought you might like this thread. Waiting for the batteries on the camera to recharge.

Timberwolf:

Great set of greens to a tanker to boot :thumbsup: Thanks for adding to the thread.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 06:28 PM

PROPER REMEMBRANCE ON THIS DAY........ :salute:

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 07:49 PM

Great thread. Because of these men we are not slaves to an occupying nation.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 07:54 PM

Kurt,

You have one hellofva nice collection...... :thumbsup:

Can you just step back and take a wide angle shot please?? ;)

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 10:55 PM

2nd LT Joseph J. Sexton, USMCR
Platoon Officer, C/1/2
KIA 11-22-1943 while crossing the airfield by a gunshot wound to the head
He left behind a wife and 2 year old daughter.

Ribbons were restored to the uniform to represent the posthumous awards he received at Tarawa.

Wonderful thread Kurt! A great way to remember the sacrifices made those three hellish days!

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 11:12 PM

Major Martin W. Reinemann, USMC
XO M/3/6 at Tarawa and later was the BN 3 Chief for 2/28 during Iwo Jima. Reinemann also served as the BN 4 for 3/6 at Guadalcanal.
Reinemann received the Bronze Star with "V" for operations at Tarawa and Iwo Jima. He retired from the reserves in the late 1950s as a full Colonel.

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