August 7, 1942: First Marine Division Lands at Guadalcanal

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Before Guadalcanal the enemy advanced at his pleasure – after Guadalcanal he retreated at ours.

Admiral William “Bull” Halsey, Jr.

 

 

Admiral Chester Nimitz said of the Marines who took Iwo Jima that uncommon valor was a common virtue.  That was equally true of the Marines on Guadalcanal.  Cut off, lacking in supplies, they fought through to win America’s first victory in World War II.

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