Tarawa - the fight for 'Bonnyman's Hill'
22nd November 1943: At enormous cost the US Marines finally turn the tide in the bloody struggle against the suicidal Japanese defenders
The bitter struggle on the tiny island of Tarawa continued. During the first day the Marines had spent time shooting snipers out of the trees only to see more creep back overnight and threaten them the second day. The Japanese also occupied broken-down U.S. vehicles on the beach and in the water, using these as sniping positions - until they got blasted out. These were suicidal tactics that caused many US casualties - but the Marines gradually enlarged their bridgehead and began to prevail.
… he voluntarily crawled approximately 40 yards forward of our lines and placed demolitions in the entrance of a large Japanese emplacement …