Major Howard J. Rice, Exec 0, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marines
We began debarking about 0400. We received of Company "F" that they were on the beach, and resistence was stiff. Soon after that message was received our radio went out of commission. We hung off in our boats and were under fire from medium guns. When we hit the reef, enemy fire on the AmphTracs was heavy. On hitting the beach I looked to the left and saw the pier. I determined later that I had landed on the east flank of 230, I got in at H-13. The area was being swept with fire from 227 and 224. With the radio I had at the time, I had contact with one of our companies ahead. I located 3/2 just before dark by runner; the TBX would not work, because the generator was out. From then on, I did not do much.
All the LVTs were used getting in supplies, and taking out wounded. A shore party from 3/2 landed shortly after we did. On D+3 day morning, I got an AmphTrac and joined the Battalion on the pier. Everything was practically secured.
source: "REPORTS OF BATTALION COMMANDERS", 22 December 1943.
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