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Tom Godwin
Japanese Hospital at Tarawa
Mon Feb 12, 2018 21:35
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My father and 20 other Marines ended up inland on Red 1 on D-Day and isolated. Two Marines with him stated years later they were near a Japanese hospital. Trying to understand what gave them this impression. Does anyone know if the Japanese displayed some insignia/flag in order to designate a structure as a field hospital like I believe the allies did with a red cross? Can't seem to find much on the web about this.

    • Japanese hospitalDurk Steed, Mon Feb 19 07:29
      Tom, perhaps this Marine on Tarawa posing beside a Japanese surgical kit will be of help. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UOiOR_I2guYWyHg2Ym-9RhuSQStBcKlM/view?usp=sharing Where did you get the... more
      • Aerial photosTom Godwin, Tue Feb 20 13:50
        Durk, Thank you for the photo. #31 and others have two sand-covered bunkers in front of the middle set of revetments going toward Red 1 so that could be a clue. I got wind of these aerials from a... more
        • Researcher's bonanzaDurk Steed, Tue Feb 20 21:47
          Tom, I can only imagine how meaningful it is to research your father's movements on Tarawa, and I'm sure each new piece of information adds to the respect your have for the Marine's accomplishment in ... more
          • Photo #105hockstedler, Tue Feb 20 23:56
            All these photos are absolutely amazing. I downloaded each one to have on my PC. Picture #105 is truly a treasure. If you look at the beach area just onshore about 200 feet you can see a large... more
      • Re: Japanese hospitalGeorge E Proulx, Mon Feb 19 21:04
        I too would love to see the other high res aerial photos taken during that flight. Zoomed in - I can clearly see the wrecked enemy planes in the ocean side revetments. At the very top of the pic can... more
    • Japanese HospitolGeorge E Proulx, Sun Feb 18 15:02
      There was a very large sand covered concrete structure on Red One a little west of the aircraft revetments. Perhaps the men saw a red cross sign at one of the rear entrances. Other smaller bunkers in ... more
      • Japanese Hospital at TarawaTom Godwin, Sun Feb 18 19:25
        Thank you, George. Appreciate it. I thought the Japanese might have used something different than a red cross but , indeed, I did find a few references and it makes sense. I have been on somewhat of... more
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