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Marine Corps Battles In World War Two : October 24-26, 1942,

During World War II on October 24-26, 1942, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, led by Lt. Col. Chesty Puller, faced-off with the Imperial Japanese Sendai Division. This division was the invasion force that was aiming to take back the allied air base of Henderson Field on the island of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, that the Marines had taken the prior August. Alone on the southern perimeter during the initial attack, 1/7 bore the brunt of the assault and held of the enemy with fortified positions, coordinated artillery and machine gun fire. The Army’s 164th Infantry moved to reinforce the southern perimeter during the attack, fighting alongside Marines throughout the battle until the enemy was defeated, saving the strategic airfield from capture.

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