The Marines on Guadalcanal
FRANK GUIDONE, 1st Raider BattalionConverted for the Web from "Into The Rising Sun: In Their Own Words, World War II's Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat" by Patrick K. O'Donnell
Jump to: The Marines on Guadalcanal | John Sweeney, 1st Raider Battalion
Robert Youngdeer of E-Company | John Sweeney commands B-Company
Dave Taber at Bloody Ridge | Ira Gilliand throwing grenades
John Mielke defends Henderson Field | Tom Lyons, 1st Parachute Battalion
"Horse Collar" James Smith | Frank Guidone and the mortar squad
Dean Winters, 2nd Raider Battalion | Ray Bauml on the Long Patrol
The 1st Raider Battalion served as a reserve force after the Second Battle of Matanikau, but it was decimated by sickness and losses. Nevertheless, A Company and a machine-gun section from E Company got the call to move up into the line for what has become known as the Third Battle of the Matanikau. After probing the Japanese defenses during the day, the men dug in for the night. A pocket of about 150 Japanese soldiers was trapped on the Raider side of the river and that night led a breakout, wiping out most of the American mortar squad, as Frank Guidone remembers.
About dusk the Japanese came roaring out. It was frantic; at nighttime everybody was in their holes. There was a half-track firing across the river. Japs were coming out of the pocket. I didn't move in my foxhole that night. I just waited for somebody to jump on me. That's the kind of night it was.
The Marines on Guadalcanal |
John Sweeney, 1st Raider Battalion
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