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D Plus 34 (D+34) 25 March, 1945

3rd Marines- Only 38 enemy were killed during the day and night by nine ambushes and eight patrols of the 9th Marines and forty- three ambushes and thirty patrols of the 147th Infantry.

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

image D+34, 25 Mar 45 Weather: Clear. CT 26 (less LT 326 attached CT 28) completed mopping up work. LT 126 and WpnsCo moved to beach WHITE-2 about 1100 and were loaded out to the USS JOHN LAND about 1300. LT 226 moved to beach WHITE-2 about 1300 and was loaded out to the USS JOHN LAND about 1400. The 1st Plat, Military Police Co, reverted to control of parent organization about 1600. At about 1800 LT 326 reverted to CT 26 and assembled awaiting orders.

Casualties - Off, 521 Enl. Returned to duty: - Off, 55 Enl. Effective Strength:: 80 Off, 1388 Enl.

image 28th Marines - D+34 1800, 24 March to 1800, 25 March.

Night activity: All quiet

Daylight operations: LT-328 was ordered to move its reserve company through I Co LT-326 and continue the attack to the sea. I Co reverted to LT-326 control when passed through.

LT-128 and LT-326 continued mopping up rear areas near the pocket.

B Co, 5th Pioneer Battalion, was detached from LT-228 and reverted to Division control at 1000.

By 1045, LT-328 and LT-228 had reached the sea and offensive operations ceased.

image All remaining attached units were returned to parent control by 1600.

LT's 128 and 228 were ordered to move their troops back to the vicinity of their CP's and continue to police of assigned areas. LT-328 was ordered to move to bivouac area in the vicinity of NISHI village. LT. Col Shepard resumed command of LT-328 at 1800, and Maj Peatross returned to Regimental H&S Company as R-3.

CP's: no change

Casualties for period: Supporting units for period

OFF ENL

KIA & DOW 1 1 destroyer WIA 3 SK (evac) TOTAL 4

Combat efficiency: 25%

Category: Battle Summaries | Posted by IJH Staff |