CAC Commemorates 74th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa

CAC Commemorates 74th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa

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.”

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  • Wood

    My uncle was a Navy corpsman there as well as Iceland, Guadalcanal, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa with 1st Bn 6th Marines under LtCol. Willie K. Jones (the youngest battalion comander in the Corps during WWII). 1/6 and Maj. Mike Ryan’s orphans were the saviors of that battle.

  • Pete Sigreto

    NO he was in the 4th div, They were not on Tarawa . He got wounded on Sapain

  • Wendell Perkins

    Lee Marvin was with the Fourth Marine Division on Saipan.

  • LJ Litchendorf

    Wasn’t Lee Marvin on Tarawa?

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