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First-Hand Account, Ebeye Island

July 19, 2016

Pacific Paratrooper


Action at the Pigpen

by: Lt.Col. S.L. A. Marshall

While on Ennylobegan Island, Kwajelein Atoll, Marshall Islands, Lt. Col. Albert Hartl, of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry, received orders that they were to attack Ebeye Island the following day, 2 February 1944

The mile-long 250-yard wide target island was battered throughout the day by naval gunfire and air strikes.  In the afternoon, Major Maynard Weaver reconnoitered it first from the deck of a destroyer and then from a naval observation plane.  He was over the island for 2 hours… Weaver noticed that there were heavy concrete structures and fire trenches still in good condition…

There was no sudden, sharp hail of bullets.  By squads and by little groups, they heard the warning zing-zing-zing overhead or saw something rip through the foliage above them…  Company C, when the men went to the earth, they could not see one another.  No man…

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  1. Thank you very much. These men deserve to be remembered.

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