Empty helmets and spent artillery shells mark the graves of Marines who fell at Tarawa, March 1944

Empty helmets and spent artillery shells mark the graves of Marines who fell at Tarawa, March 1944

The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943. Marines hunker down at seawall.

The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943. Marines hunker down at seawall.

American Marines approach a group of Japanese-occupied buildings, reduced to rubble during the Battle of Tarawa, a Pacific atoll in the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati), in November 1943. In the background, smoke is rising from an oil-dump hit during the shelling.

American Marines approach a group of Japanese-occupied buildings, reduced to rubble during the Battle of Tarawa, a Pacific atoll in the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati), in November 1943. In the background, smoke is rising from an oil-dump hit during the shelling.

The Battle of Tarawa was fought November 20-23, 1943, during World War II (1939-1945).

Bloody Tarawa

The Battle of Tarawa was fought November 20-23, 1943, during World War II (1939-1945).

Marines take cover behind a sea wall on Red Beach #3, Tarawa. Description from ww2today.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Marines take cover behind a sea wall on Red Beach #3, Tarawa. Description from ww2today.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

The handwritten caption says: "Dead Jap sniper on Tarawa". November 1943.

The handwritten caption says: "Dead Jap sniper on Tarawa". November 1943.

Sprawled bodies of American soldiers on the beach of Tarawa atoll testify to the ferocity of the battle for this stretch of sand during the U.S. invasion of the Gilbert Islands, in late November 1943. During the 3-day Battle of Tarawa, some 1,000 U.S. Marines died, and another 687 U.S. Navy sailors lost their lives when the USS Liscome Bay was sunk by a Japanese torpedo. (AP Photo).

Sprawled bodies of American soldiers on the beach of Tarawa atoll testify to the ferocity of the battle for this stretch of sand during the U.S. invasion of the Gilbert Islands, in late November 1943. During the 3-day Battle of Tarawa, some 1,000 U.S. Marines died, and another 687 U.S. Navy sailors lost their lives when the USS Liscome Bay was sunk by a Japanese torpedo. (AP Photo).

With the Marines at Tarawa (Note: War Footage) - Louis Hayward - Documentary short film depicting the harrowing battle between the U.S. Marines and the Japanese for control of the Pacific island of Tarawa. (Internet Archive)

With the Marines at Tarawa : Louis Hayward : Free Download & Streaming

With the Marines at Tarawa (Note: War Footage) - Louis Hayward - Documentary short film depicting the harrowing battle between the U.S. Marines and the Japanese for control of the Pacific island of Tarawa. (Internet Archive)

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