Assigned to the US Marine Corps and manned by Marines.
Landed on Arundel Island. This tank supported US Army 27th
Infantry during an assault on September 17, 1943. This was one of two tanks knocked out by camouflaged Japanese 37mm
anti-tank guns. The tank's crew escaped the disabled tanks, but the Advance was blunted.
The following day, the attack was resumed
with eleven tanks, in two waves supporting each other, and
with supporting infantry. This assault pined down and overwhelmed the Japanese.
This impressive wreck is left where it was disabled. Several
holes are visible in the front armour where the 37mm
round disabled it. All its guns are still in place.
Japanese foxholes and positions surround the tank.
Williams visited this tank in the 1970's:
was a rusted .45 pistol rusted and fused into the interior,
and a pair of dog
tags hanging around the breech of the gun. I guess
since then, these items have been souvineered."
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August 27, 2014