This was one of the questions we asked.Mostly they had duties to perform. The military is good at giving yiu something to occupy your mind and hands.
As in most operations the Marines, too nervous to sleep on the night before a landing, spent their time doing anything to kill the time. Bale recalled that Lieutenant Sheedy “…won a lot of money playing poker the night before we landed.”
Ed Bale recalled spending the final hours aboard ship checking and re-checking the condition of his tanks. Some like Harrell McNorton spent the final hours “Checking equipment, making sure that my tank COLORADO was ready for action.” Corporal Olaf Johnson vividly recalled the traditional steak and eggs breakfast, and the detailed “Check of .30cal coaxial, seventy-five millimeter breech, radio settings.” Joe Woolum also recalled the hearty breakfast, “…. but wasn’t very hungry.”
Pondering what every man was thinking on this evening back in 1943, as they awaited to go ashore. Keeping every living Tarawa veteran in my prayers. Missing my late Dad, as I am sure others are... more
What at least a few did Ed Gilbert and Romain Cansiere,Tue Nov 22 12:15
Every year during my dad long life he always said on Nov 20, " I know where I was on this day in 1943". He talked about the steak and eggs breakfast and getting his equipment ready before he got in... more
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