Platok Island, South Pacific,
“Our citizens can now rejoice that a momentous victory is in the making. Perhaps we will be forgiven if we claim we are about midway to our objective.” — Admiral Chester Nimitz, June 1942
A hail of machine gun fire greeted Sgt. Zabloski as he took cover behind a trench wall.
As the smoke from the destroyed bunker entrance cleared, the sergeant could see two Japanese soldiers taking cover behind a wall inside the bunker. Each were armed with machine guns and were trying to keep he and his men pinned down.
To be continued…
USMC 1st Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Rifle Platoon, 3rd Rifle Squad