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But so much for Pearl Harbor, the thoughts of the Matines turned rapidly Iwo Jima The nights grew colder as the 800-ship convoy steamed north to Iwo Jima. Frequent school sessions on board the transports familiarized the troops with the size, shape. relief, and landmarks of the island, to the possibility of a liberty in Honolulu. The dream was realized by only a few when, on 6 but no amount of lectures or study could have prepared the 25th Marines for the ferocity of the coming baule. Their destination was one of the January.

Army Fife and Drum Corps from Fort Myer, Virginia. On 19 March, the rune was "McNamara's Band," as Company C Marines joined the banshees, leprechauns, and other Irishmen in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in eventual linkup of the two forces being successful, it was only a matter of time until the battle was won. The capture of Combat Town and the winning of the confidence of the native chief were highlights of the operation. The same year, 1966, the 2d Battalion also attended ATD at Camp Lejeune during the last 2 weeks of August.

The first battalion commanders of the Ist, 2d, and 3d Battalions of the 25th Marines were, respectively, Lieutenant Colonels Ernest J. Graustein, Joseph 3. Fater, and Robert F. DeMeter. The history of these battalions from 1 july 1962 until the reactivation of country of Onslow (Camp Lejeune training area) had been invaded by aggressor forces from the neighboring country of Atlantis. Onslow requested assistance from the United States to expel the invader. S. response was the activation of the 34th MEU to make a combined amphibious/heliborne attack against the Atlantis positions.

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