Adkins, Ray Elbert, PFC

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Private 1st Class
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1943-1943, 0311, A Co, 1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)
Service Years
1942 - 1943

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Toms Creek
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Toms Creek

Casualty Date
Nov 20, 1943
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Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
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Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa
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The Battle of Tarawa (US code name Operation Galvanic) was a battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II, fought from November 20 to November 23, 1943. It took place at the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, located in what is now the nation of Kiribati. Nearly 6,400 Japanese, Koreans, and Americans died in the fighting, mostly on and around the small island of Betio.

The Battle of Tarawa was the first American offensive in the critical central Pacific region. It was also the first time in the war that the United States faced serious Japanese opposition to an amphibious landing. Previous landings met little or no initial resistance, but this time the 4,500 Japanese defenders were well-supplied and well-prepared, and they fought almost to the last man, exacting a heavy toll on the United States Marine Corps. The US had suffered similar casualties in other campaigns, for example over the six months of the Guadalcanal Campaign, but in this case the losses were incurred within the space of 76 hours.
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3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8)

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

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

10th Marine Regiment

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

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

E Co, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)


2nd Marine Division

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

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  • Azerolo, Albert Francis, Cpl, (1942-1943)
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  • Barnhouse, Hamilton Earl, Pvt, (1942-1943)
  • Bayens, John Richard, PFC, (1941-1943)
  • Beck, Louis Bernard, 2ndLt, (1943-1943)
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