To honor the service members that fought in that conflict, Hawaii Marines with Combat Assault Company (CAC), 3rd Marine Regiment, completed a motivational run across Marine Corps Base Hawaii and finished with a ground fighting event at Fort Hase Beach, Nov. 20, 2017.
Leading the Marines during the day’s events was Staff Sgt. Michael Redd, an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) section leader with the company. He said the three mile run lead pushed the Marines’ endurance and ground fighting stressed their already tired bodies.
“We wanted them to know that as soon as you get to the beach there were no breaks, it was rounds down range and conflict immediately,” he said. “In Tarawa, when they hit the beach, Marines were dying, throwing up and even trying to swim back to the ship.”
Cpl. Victor Soliz, an AAV crew chief with CAC, said the run and beach sparring were very motivating to himself as well as his peers.
“Today was a refresher on our heritage as AAV crewmen and there’s no better example than the Battle of Tarawa,” he said. “We did a run with exercises to feel exhausted by the time we got to the beach, where we did almost non-stop ground fighting. Stories were passed about individual Marines and there heroics, which gives you a more personal perspective of that battle.”