Task Force 53, Transport Group 4
Transport ships of the 2nd Marine Division for the Tarawa invasion.
Capt. H. B. Knowles, USN
|Trans Div 4||CT 2 (2nd Marines|
|APA Zeilin||LT 2/2 (2nd Bn, 2nd Marines)|
|APA Heywood||LT 2/8 (2nd Bn, 8th Marines)|
|APA Middelton||LT 3/2 (3rd Bn, 2nd Marines)|
|APA Biddle||LT Hq/2nd Marines|
|APA Lee||LT 1/2 (1st Bn, 2nd Marines)|
|APA Thuban||LT Detachments CT 8|
|Trans Div 18||CT 8 (8th Marines)|
|APA Monrovia||LT 3/8 (3rd Bn, 8th Marines)|
|APA Sheridan||LT 1/8 (1st Bn, 8th Marines)|
|APA La Salle||Division Troops|
|APA Doyen||Division Troops|
|APA Virgo||Detachments CT 8|
|LSD Ashland *||Medium Tanks|
|Trans Div 6||CT (6th Marines)|
|APA Harris||LT 3/6 (3rd Bn, 6th Mariines)|
|APA Bell||LT 2/6 (2nd Bn, 6th Marines)|
|APA Ormsby||LT Hq/6th Marines|
|APA Feland||LT 1/6 (1st Bn, 6th Marines)|
|APA Bellatrix||Detachments CT 6|
* Joined the transport group at Villa Harbor, Efate.
Source: Appendix E, p.79, Stockman, James R. The Battle for Tarawa. 1947.
copyright 1998 T.O.T.W.
Created May 1998 - Updated 29 January 2005