Adkins, Elbie, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
675-Messenger
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 675, G Co, 2nd Bn, 25th Marine Regiment (2/25)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Iwo Jima Certificate

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Harts, WV
Last Address
Harts

Casualty Date
Mar 12, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Adkins-Fry Cemetery - Harts, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Marianas Operation /Battle of Tinian (1944)
From Month/Year
July / 1944
To Month/Year
August / 1944

Description
The 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions landed on 24 July 1944, supported by naval bombardment and artillery firing across the strait from Saipan. A successful feint for the major settlement of Tinian Town diverted defenders from the actual landing site on the north of the island. The battleship Colorado and the destroyer Norman Scott were both hit by 6-inch (150 mm) Japanese shore batteries. Colorado was hit 22 times, killing 44 men. Norman Scott was hit six times, killing the captain, Seymore Owens, and 22 of his seamen. The Japanese adopted the same stubborn resistance as on Saipan, retreating during the day and attacking at night. The gentler terrain of Tinian allowed the attackers more effective use of tanks and artillery than in the mountains of Saipan, and the island was secured in nine days of fighting. On 31 July, the surviving Japanese launched a suicide charge.

The battle saw the first use of napalm in the Pacific. Of the 120 jettisonable tanks dropped during the operation, 25 contained the napalm mixture and the remainder an oil-gasoline mixture. Of the entire number, only 14 were duds, and eight of these were set afire by subsequent strafing runs. Carried by Vought F4U Corsairs, the "fire bombs", also known as napalm bombs, burned away foliage concealing enemy installations.

Aftermath
Japanese losses were far greater than American losses. The Japanese lost 8,010. Only 313 Japanese were taken prisoner. American losses stood at 328 dead and 1,571 wounded. Several hundred Japanese troops held out in the jungles for months. The garrison on Aguijan Island off the southwest cape of Tinian, commanded by Lieutenant Kinichi Yamada, held out until the end of the war, surrendering on 4 September 1945. The last holdout on Tinian, Murata Susumu, was not captured until 1953.

After the battle, Tinian became an important base for further Allied operations in the Pacific Campaign. Camps were built for 50,000 troops. Fifteen thousand Seabees turned the island into the busiest airfield of the war, with six 7,900-foot (2,400 m) runways for attacks by B-29 Superfortress bombers on targets in the Philippines, the Ryukyu Islands and mainland Japan, including the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Four 1000-bed hospitals were planned and located in preparation for the invasion of Japan. None were actually built, as the Japanese surrendered after the atomic bombs were dropped, which thus ended the need for the hospitals.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
July / 1944
To Month/Year
August / 1944
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8)

23rd Marine Regiment

2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)

2nd Bn, 25th Marine Regiment (2/25)

25th Marine Regiment

VMTB-242

3rd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (3/6)

10th Marine Regiment

1st Bn, 23rd Marine Regiment (1/23), 23rd Marine Regiment

2nd Bn, 23rd Marine Regiment (2/23), 23rd Marine Regiment

3rd Bn, 23rd Marine Regiment (3/23), 23rd Marine Regiment

3rd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (3/2), 2nd Marine Regiment

1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2), 2nd Marine Regiment

2nd Separate Engineer Bn

VMGR-152

2nd Marine Division

1st Bn, 10th Marine Regiment (1/10), 10th Marine Regiment

1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)

2nd Engineer Bn

MARDET USS Essex (CVA-9)

VMO-2

3rd Bn, 10th Marine Regiment (3/10), 10th Marine Regiment

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  667 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adams, John F, Cpl, (1943-1946)
  • Adling, Donald
  • Aiken, Luther L, Cpl, (1943-1946)
  • Akee, Dan, SgtMaj, (1943-1946)
  • Alexander, Howard Eugene, Cpl, (1943-1946)
  • Anderson, Alvin B, Cpl, (1944-1951)
  • Andreozzi, Dominic, Cpl, (1941-1945)
  • Barela, Remigio, Cpl, (1942-1946)
  • Basilone, George, Cpl, (1942-1945)
  • Begay, Carlos W, Sr, Cpl, (1943-1946)
  • Begaye, Fleming David, Pvt, (1943-1945)
  • Benad, Harvey L, PFC, (1942-1945)
  • Benkovich, John G., 2ndLt, (1939-1946)
  • Benson, William J, Cpl, (1943-1946)
  • Bitsie, Peter John, Pvt, (1944-1946)
  • Blasiol, Victor, Sgt, (1941-1946)
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