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Marine veterans recount daring raid on Makin Atoll | Marine Times
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Marine veterans recount daring raid on Makin Atoll | Marine Times

After numerous attempts since 1948 to recover the remains of 13 Marines left behind on Making Atoll in 1942, over 100 veterans attended a ceremony at Arlington to honor their return over 50 years later.  August of 1942, A and B companies of the Second Raider Battalion approached the island in submarines and took rubber boats to the shore, despite many of the motors failing. The attack on the Japanese was successful, however, around 120 soldiers were stranded on the island due to the rough seas and boat motor difficulties, making it hard to get back to the submarines. They were eventually able to tie boats to a native outrigger and work their way back to the subs. It was later discovered that at least 9 Marines hadn’t been able to reach the boat. The survivors managed to evade the Japanese for 12 days before being captured and beheaded on Kwajalein Island.  Don’t miss the personal recounts of the raid below.

Source: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com

 

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