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Personal narratives, American
|Named Person:||Merrill B Twining; Merrill B Twining|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Merrill B Twining; Neil G Carey
|Description:||xv 206 p., 16 p. plates, : ill. ; 23 xm.|
|Responsibility:||by Merrill B. Twining with Neil G. Carey.|
He also lacked the 1st Marine Division operations log, which had been destroyed at a critical point in the battle to prevent its falling into Japanese hands. Because of these handicaps, the after-action report contained a number of shortcomings that have been repeated in all subsequent histories of Guadalcanal.
Now, General Twining sets the record straight. As the division D-3 (operations officer), he was at the very center of the 1st Marine Division's valiant defense of Guadalcanal. He reports at first hand the momentous effects of Vice Adm. Frank Jack Fletcher's decision to pull the navy away from the beleaguered island and leave the Marines to fend for themselves.
Twining reports on all the battles and skirmishes that comprised the campaign for Guadalcanal from August to December 1942, when the 1st Marine Division was relieved by fresh troops. He also recounts heroic actions of Marine aviators flying from Henderson Field that were vital to preserving the Leathernecks' toehold in the Pacific during the darkest days of the war.
. In his foreword to the book, retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Victor H. "Brute" Krulak, himself a Guadalcanal veteran and one of the Corps's most revered Marines, explains the importance of the campaign and General Twining's contribution to it.
- Twining, Merrill B.
- Guadalcanal, Battle of, Solomon Islands, 1942-1943.
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
- United States. -- Marine Corps. -- Marine Division, 1st -- History.
- United States. -- Marine Corps -- Biography.
- Generals -- United States -- Biography.
- United States. -- Marine Corps.
- United States. -- Marine Corps. -- Marine Division, 1st.
- Solomon Islands.
- United States.