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Durk Steed
Researcher's bonanza
Tue Feb 20, 2018 21:47
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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 capturing Betio.

Quantico is less than a two hour drive for me, I will schedule and plan a trip this summer and try to get the remaining aerials. The aerials truly are a researcher's bonanza. Thanks for sharing!

Durk

  • 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
    • Re: Aerial photosWendell Perkins, Wed Feb 21 12:02
      Tom, would you please resend the link of the aerial photos to me. I fouled up several of them before I figured out how to open them. Some of them give great clarity of where my Company, A-1-6, landed ... more
      • A-1-6 landingGeorge E Proulx, Fri Feb 23 12:42
        Hi Wendell, I have pasted here one of the pics to which I have added an arrow showing where Maj. Jones and 1-6 landed on Green Beach. I added another arrow showing the large sand covered concrete... more
      • Re: Aerial PhotosTom Godwin, Wed Feb 21 12:55
        Wendell, Sent you an e-mail sir. If you did not get it or cannot get at the pictures, please let me know. As I recall, I think the 1/6 moved east down the south beach at Tarawa on D+2. You would have ... more
    • Researcher's bonanza — Durk Steed, Tue Feb 20 21:47
      • Re: Researcher's bonanzaTom Godwin, Wed Feb 21 09:49
        Yes, it has been an obsession. Lonnie had stated the whole group went into a 16-in shell crater including the amtrac after it was apparently disabled by a grenade thrown into the engine compartment.... 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
        • photo #105Tom Godwin, Wed Feb 21 09:58
          You are welcome. I hope to see more as well. Battle ended on the 23rd and this is dated from the 24th. Interesting to note they were at 500' and that they used GCT 0150 as the time. Had not heard of... more
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