Romain Cansière
Pearson and C Cos
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:32

Hi Dona, hi all,
The force designated to take Tarawa was the 2d Marine Division. Each division has its own tank battalion, in this case the 2d Tank Battalion. At Tarawa, two companies of light tanks were assigned the task of supporting the divisional infantry: B and C Companies.
Prior to the Tarawa operation, it was decided to reinforce the second Tk Bn with a company of medium tanks. In this case, C Company 1st Corps Medium Tank Battalion was "loaned" to the 2d Tk Bn.
That's why there was two C Companies at Tarawa.

RE- Brent A. Perterson: only about 12men from C Co. (Medium) were sent to Wellington for a rehearsal and see what depth of water medium tanks could ford. The rest of the company sailed from New Caledonia aboard the USS Ashland (LSD-1).

Best regards


  • PFC Donald W. PearsonBrent A. Peterson, Tue Jun 19 20:14
    Donna, PFC Donald W. Pearson and PFC Cliford G. Quine were attached to 1st Corps Medium Tank Battalion at Noumea, New Caledonia from October 6th to October 31st, 1943. Their permanent assignment is... more
    • Pearson and C Cos — Romain Cansière, Wed Jun 20 11:32
      • Re: Pearson and C CoTom Godwin, Wed Jun 20 14:15
        Thanks Romain.... The muster rolls make sense then i.e. being on 'loan'....
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