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William Jefferies
Re: Major Ryan
Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:52
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Major Mike Ryan if my old memorie is right, landed on Green Beach. Some of the 1st.bn. 6th Marines led by then Major Bill Jones moved through his lines the next day Nov.21st.

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  • Major RyanPat McDonald, Tue Jun 26 14:17
    Can anyone tell me what Major Ryans' military role was prior to the landing? What were his initial responsibilities?
    • Re: Major RyanAnton, Wed Jun 27 16:36
      The only information that I can find indicates that Major Ryan was assigned to 3/2, whose target was the western most area of Tarawa, however I have never read any accounts of small unit objectives... more
      • Ryan's LandingJoseph Meloro, Thu Jun 28 16:05
        Gen. Ryan said when they were landing in the LVT's, they were catching a massive amount of fire from the pocket and the middle of Red Beach 2. Ryan noticed some Marines had sucessfully landed near... more
        • Major Michael P RyanWilliam Jefferies, Fri Jun 29 11:07
          Joe, you are correct about where Mike Ryan Marines landeding to some extent.He landed on the Northwest end which was birds head known as Green Beach and not birds peak which was on other end. Major... more
          • I STAND CORRECTEDDAVE PENA, Sat Jun 30 00:26
            HOWDY JEFF....THANKS FOR THE CORRECTION. I STAND CORRECTED AND DEFER TO SOMEONE WHO WAS THERE. SEMPER FLAMES.... DAVE
      • Gen RyanHoward Frost, Thu Jun 28 01:39
        If I may be allowed to have a say in this round-robin discussion, I will try to quote from memory, not that my memory is infallible. As I recall with out going to people more qualified on the... more
        • GEN. MIKE RYANDAVE PENA, Thu Jun 28 23:47
          HOWDY HOWARD....THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR MEMORIES WITH US, THEY ARE MUCH APPRECIATED. AS FOR MAJ. RYAN NOT RECEIVING THE MOH FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON TARAWA BECAUSE OF HIS RESERVE STATUS, I WAS ONLY... more
    • Re: Major Ryan — William Jefferies, Wed Jun 27 11:52
    • MAJ. MIKE RYANDAVE PENA, Wed Jun 27 00:08
      Howdy Pat....I think that Maj. Ryan was not one of the assigned/scheduled assault commanders. He came ashore on Beach Red One with L/3/2 and other units which deviated/drifted towards RB1 from... more
      • Maj. Michael P. RyanGeorge Proulx, Wed Jun 27 15:44
        I believe Maj. Ryan was the Commanding Officer of Company L of Major John Schoettel's 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines. Maj. Ryan's XO was Captain Robert F. O'Brien who he often called "Obie". Semper Fi
        • Mike Ryan / Robert F. OBrienCortland Joyce, Mon Jul 2 12:28
          Hi all, I've been meaning to get this posted for awhile now and got delayed with current life as a new dad. I have taken some info from George via email on posting images here on TOTW and this is my... more
      • MGen. RyanJoseph Meloro, Wed Jun 27 14:45
        Dave, Great description of what happened. I cannot thank you enough for getting me Gen. Ryan's autographed photo. He died shortly after you did that for me. Gen. Ryan explained his role well in the... more
      • Major RyanPat McDonald, Wed Jun 27 10:12
        Hello Dave, I have always felt that Major Ryan deserved the MOH. Having read the order of battle, and the various assignments of Lt. Col. and Majors involved in the battle, I did not come across... more
        • GEN. MIKE RYANDAVE PENA, Wed Jun 27 23:40
          HOWDY PAT....I WAS TOLD BY SOMEONE WHO WAS THERE AND MORE IN THE KNOW (I THINK IT WAS COL. BALE BUT NOT SURE) THAT THE ONLY REASON THEN MAJ. RYAN DID NOT RECEIVE THE MOH WAS BECAUSE OF THE "R" IN HIS ... more
          • Mike RyanHoward Frost, Fri Jun 29 01:00
            Dave and Joe: A little more about Mike Ryan: It was either in late 1987 or early 1988 that I received a letter from the General concerning a movement afoot in Louisiana to upgrade Jim Goldman's Navy... more
            • GEN. MIKE RYANDVE PENA, Sat Jun 30 00:30
              HOWDY HOWARD....THANKS A MIL FOR YOUR PERSONAL INPUT. IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED, ESPECIALLY BY THOSE OF US WHO WERE NOT THERE, ADMIRE YOU MARINES WHO WERE, AND HUNGER FOR LITTLE TID-BITS OF... more
            • Navy CrossesDale Young, Fri Jun 29 16:45
              Howard. old I company buddy. I think you have made a mistake about who in I Co. got the Navy Crosses. I think Cpl. Hubert Luther instead of Fred Farris got the fourth one. Farris got the Silver Star, ... more
              • Navy CrossHoward Frost, Sat Jun 30 00:50
                Dale: You are exactly right. I did mix up Farris with Hubert Luther who was one of our Corporals at that time. Sometimes these days I have to admit that my one-time infallible memory is no longer 100 ... more
              • Navy CrossJoseph Meloro, Fri Jun 29 22:28
                Mr. Young, You are correct. Cpl. Luther is listed as Navy Cross recipient and not Fred Farris. There is a complete listing of all the decorations earned at Tarawa on this website. It is very... more
                • Navy CrossHoward Frost, Sat Jun 30 01:23
                  Everyone: Now that my error has been exposed to everyone in this forum, like many who make mistakes, I really do admit I knew better. Reminds me of the same kind of error I made in this forum a... more
                  • Everyone; re;strafingDale Young, Sun Jul 1 16:11
                    I recall being strafed by a Navy plane on D-Day about 300 yds. from Beach Red-1. I saw him coming before his 50 cals.got to us. I retreated about 50 yards in a hurry and found a line of men behind... more
                  • EveryoneJoseph Meloro, Sat Jun 30 08:28
                    Howard, Please do not feel bad. Once, an Old Tarawa Marine told me, "Show me a man who has never made a mistake, and I will show you a SOB that never tried to do anything!" Wait a second, I think... more
                    • ain't that the truthsonof samphm1c, Sat Jun 30 08:55
                      When I looked up the Navy Cross citations for those four men, I didn't find one for Luther, so I wrote a post about how Luther's name was missing from an official list of Navy Cross cross citations.... more
                • citationssonofsamphm1c, Fri Jun 29 22:55
                  JOHNSMILLER, ROBERT W. Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps Company I, 3d Battalion, 2d Marines, 2d Marine Division Date of Action: November 20, 1943 Citation: The Navy Cross is presented to Robert W.... more
            • Navy Crosssonofsamphm1c, Fri Jun 29 09:43
              I've read all of the Marine Corps Navy Cross citations from WW2 (with the exception of the few for which no copy of the citation currently exists). I've tried to figure out how they arrived at the... more
          • Major RyanPat McDonald, Thu Jun 28 17:21
            Hi Dave, Not sure about the analogy that Major Ryan did not receive the MOH because he was a reserve officer. I believe Lt. Bonnyman was a reserve officer as well and did receive the MOH. It has been ... more
          • Major (nm)Pat McDonald, Thu Jun 28 17:13
        • RYAN'S ORPHANSGeorge, Wed Jun 27 16:14
          Hi Pat, Near as I can tell the Major in fact was the CO of L company 3/2. That is somewhat unusual since he was a Field Grade Officer and not a Company Grade Officer at the time. You would normaly... more
          • J CompanyPat McDonald, Wed Jun 27 17:14
            George, I had always heard that J and I were confused when written on paper. I don't know whether that is true or not. I believe the British have Company J's, but have never heard of an American... more
            • Re: J CompanyAnton, Wed Jun 27 23:47
              Benteen - D,H, and K Reno - M, A, and G Custer - C - Tom Custer E - Smith - the Grey Horse Troop F - Yates I - Keogh L - Calhoun no J company. no type writers in the field. script J and script I too... more
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