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    Gehh Island Kwajalein Atoll Marshall Islands

Location
Lat 8° 49' 60N Long 167° 34' 60E  Small island part of Kwajalein Atoll.

Wartime History
On January 31, 1944, American forces of the 7th Infantry Recon landed on Gehh island, while the Destroyer Overton shelled the wreck of the Shonan Maru No. 6 sunk a day earlier by air attacks. 39 members of crew of the ship had retreated to the island's center and formed a defensive position in a shallow trench, with the two machine guns from the tug. The American forces attacked the trench, and an intense battle ensued. As Japanese gunners in the trench were killed, new ones took their places and the bodies of the dead were stacked lengthwise in front of the trench for more cover. A total of 114 Japanese were killed on the island and 2 captured. Americans lost 2 KIA and 15 wounded.

Shonan Maru No. 6
Sunk January 30, 1944

Daihatu Landing Craft
Sunk during the war

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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