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Intermission Story (7) – Poem for Tarawa

June 18, 2016

Pacific Paratrooper

Battle of Tarawa Battle of Tarawa

The Battle for Tarawa
“The time has come,” the commander said,
“When we must fight once more;
So pack your gear and shoulder your gun,
We will board the ship at four.”
We boarded the ship in New Zealand
For a place we knew not where.
But deep down in our hearts we thought
Of the hardships we’d have to bear
Twenty long days and twenty long nights
It took to reach the Atolls
We wiped off our guns and counted our shells
And loosened the straps on our rolls
Then came the word, “All hands topside”
And our boats were lowered to sea I’ll tell you every man was scared
And we prayed for the things to be.
Our fleet was constantly pounding the isle
To make things easier on shore
Then they finally slacked up around noon
To let our fighting…

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  1. Thank you very much. The Tarawa Atoll was a costly lesson in the US amphibious landings. Men are still bringing brought home from there. Their memories deserve tribute.

  2. You’re welcome. I have learned a lot about our various wars from yours and the other war blogs I follow. There have been a lot more battles than I realized. ~ Connie

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