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Tarawa CP
« on: October 26, 2019, 11:38:39 pm »
Tarawa CP Red Beach 2; with H&S2
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2019, 12:55:30 pm »
Great and sharp pic. So many men without the frog skin camo utilities. Also, note the Marine 37mm anti-tank gun in the background near the log structure.

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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2019, 01:44:06 pm »
Huh!  I never noticed that gun in the background.  More info here: http://www.tarawaontheweb.org/hs2.htm

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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2019, 02:56:44 pm »
Right. So any photo interpretation you may need just ask. I have a background in military intelligence. You may also remember that I was the first to find some of the tanks in the photos on the old website. Notably CANNONBALL in the fuel pit and CHARLIE nearby. That was years ago when I first joined TOTW. Later Jon. 

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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2019, 01:05:17 am »
Looking at the CP photo closer I see that there are two TBX-8 Radio/Transmitter Unit 43060s in use. Each has a 24' 8 and 1/4" tall antenna and a hand driven generator mounted on a board. I believe the initial operator was awarded the silver star or maybe even a Navy Cross for establishing and maintaining a radio net for many hours without relief.

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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2019, 09:25:31 am »
Yep...Navy Cross. That was Jon's dad's buddy PFC John M. Gross. Partial picture of him to the right of Corporal Orville Broeker. March 1st 1944 in Hawaii.

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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2019, 09:29:36 am »
Here is some info on the picture:  "This photo shows Shoup's command post. The Marine on the left might be Gordon Stevens and to the right operating the radio with headphones is Bill Travis. The bearded Marine operating the generator behind them is Frank "Henry" Lupien. Walthrop is sitting under the tree with his back against the side of hole. According to Bill Haddad this picture is probably from the third day."  From http://tarawaontheweb.org/hs2.htm

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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2019, 12:02:31 pm »
Looks well established and rather calm all around so yes probably the third day in my opinion.

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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2019, 12:14:13 pm »
At this time John Gross had been relieved after more than 48 hrs.  Here is some info on Gross: http://www.tarawaontheweb.org/gross.htm  Of course I have more info but need to get it on the website.

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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2019, 12:25:52 pm »
Just for interest sake here is another account that I am having a hard time piecing together with the 2nd Marine CP what was actually happening with radios:

http://www.tarawaontheweb.org/HartElwin.htm

Elwin was with 2/8.

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