Captain James W. Crain, CO, K/3/2
I had the left assault company, Company K. We were to land on the east of Beach Red 1. We were receiving quite a bit of small arms fire including automatic weapons, and there were possibly two anti-boat guns in 224. My TBY got ashore and after some repairs I got in touch with the Battalion Commander. I gave him my position and reported the situation. I found that a machine gun platoon was to my right front, and I joined it. This was about 1100. My left flank platoon leader was cut off with the few men he had, and a few stragglers. He set up a small area on the beach, and held a this strip for about two days, waiting for us to push down that way.
Q. Was there any Jap strongpoint in 227 or 230?
A. Not when we landed. There was no heavy fire in that area. There were some Japs in 227.
Q. Was there much opposition inland?
A. No, mostly mortars and snipers, and possibly one or two MGs trained inland.
I was supposed to contact Company "E" on Beach Red 2, but I could see no Marines on the beach, so I tied in with Company "I" on the right.
source: "REPORTS OF BATTALION COMMANDERS", 22 December 1943.
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