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#4642803 - 02/20/24 11:00 AM Battle for Edson's Ridge w/ Dave Holland - Episode 116 Unauthorized History of the Pacific War  
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Detailed look at the Battle of the Bloody Ridge. Dave Holland is one of the topmost experts on the Guadalcanal Campaign.
Holland has a YouTube channel: "Guadalcanal - Walking a Battlefield" https://www.youtube.com/@guadalcanal-walkingabattle5349 and also a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GuadalcanalWalkingabattlefield , the latter has pictures you are not likely to see elsewhere.





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrsIpxeBB_o


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#4642804 - 02/20/24 11:44 AM Re: Battle for Edson's Ridge w/ Dave Holland - Episode 116 Unauthorized History of the Pacific War [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Thanks F4U. This video will make great lunch hour viewing material. smile


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#4642806 - 02/20/24 12:37 PM Re: Battle for Edson's Ridge w/ Dave Holland - Episode 116 Unauthorized History of the Pacific War [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Speaking of Guadalcanal, yesterday was the 79th anniversary of the death of Guadalcanal Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone on the first day of the battle for Iwo Jima. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions that day.


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#4642807 - 02/20/24 01:03 PM Re: Battle for Edson's Ridge w/ Dave Holland - Episode 116 Unauthorized History of the Pacific War [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Just read this about Basilone. This man was the very definition of the word "bravery".


After his request to return to the fleet was approved, Basilone was assigned to "C" Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division. On February 19, 1945, the first day of the invasion of Iwo Jima, he was serving as a machine gun section leader on Red Beach II. While the Marines landed, the Japanese concentrated their fire at the incoming Marines from heavily fortified blockhouses staged throughout the island. With his unit pinned down, Basilone made his way around the side of the Japanese positions until he was directly on top of the blockhouse. He then attacked with grenades and demolitions, single-handedly destroying the entire strong point and its defending garrison.

He then fought his way toward Airfield Number 1 and aided a Marine tank that was trapped in an enemy mine field under intense mortar and artillery barrages. He guided the heavy vehicle over the hazardous terrain to safety, despite heavy weapons fire from the Japanese. Basilone was then killed as he moved along the edge of the airfield. Original reports indicated he was hit by Japanese mortar shrapnel, although author Hugh Ambrose, following his research for the book and miniseries The Pacific, suggested that a burst of small arms fire hit him in the groin, neck, and left arm.[17][18][19]

Basilone's actions helped Marines penetrate the Japanese defense and get off the landing beach during the critical early stages of the invasion. Basilone was posthumously awarded the Marine Corps' second-highest decoration for valor, the Navy Cross, for extraordinary heroism during the battle of Iwo Jima.[20]


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