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D Plus 33 (D+33) 24 March, 1945

3rd Marine Division - Operations during the period accounted for 43 enemy killed. Ambushes set during the night in the 21st Marines sector were manned jointly by the 21st Marines and the 147th Infantry. AT 0800 the 147th Infantry relieved the 21st Marines in the patrol sector and began patrolling with thirteen patrols. AT 0130 and 0500 ambushes of the 21st Marines requested naval gunfire illumination which was furnished by the 5th Marine Division.

9th Marines

On 18 March it moved into the 4th Div zone of action relieving that Div and beginning patrolling and mopping up operations in that sector. Moping up was carried on by patrols ranging in size from one reinforced sqd to one reinforced platoon. The average number of patrols daily was fifteen. Demolition men from Co A 3d Engr Bn accompanied the patrols and blew caves as they were discovered.

26th Marines

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D+33, 24 Mar 45 Weather: Clear.

At daybreak CT 28 assumed responsibility over the remaining small pocket to be cleared; LT 328 reverted to CT 28 and LT 326 was attached to CT 28. Mopping up and clearing of assigned rear area zone was continued. Casualties: - Off, 27 Enl. Returned to duty: - Off, ; 3 Enl.. Effective strength: 80 Off, 1434 Enl.

28th Marines - D+33 1800, 23 March to 1800, 24 March.

Night activity: The night was generally quiet along the entire front.

Daylight operations: CT-28 (LT-326 attached) was ordered to continue the attack down the draw to the ocean, moving across the front of LT-228. Lt-228 was ordered to support by fire, and as LT-328 moved forward, LT-228's left company was to pivot on its left flank and move west toward the sea in conjunction with LT-328.

image Tanks from A and C Companies, 5th Tank Battalion, supported both landing teams. Progress was slow, but steady, because roads had to be built for tanks as they could reach the remaining enemy with flame throwers.

AT the close of the day, LT-328 had reduced the pocket to a small area along the west coast in 250 W and X.

LT-128 continued to mop up in the area through which it had moved during the past 15 days.

image The Division Reconnaissance Company was detached from LT-128 and reverted to Division at 1715.

1 LCI (g) patrolled off the west beach near the enemy pocket during the day.

CP's: Lt-328 in 235 G, otherwise no change.

Casualties for period: Supporting units for period

OFF ENL

KIA & DOW 10 1 destroyer for illumination only WIA 22 SK (evac) 8 TOTAL 40

Combat efficiency: 25%

Category: Battle Summaries | Posted by IJH Staff |