By Joseph B Ruth; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division
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D plus 2 action began with carrier planes flying close air support missions. Artillery furnished additional preparation fire as a prelude to the day's attack. The 25th Marines moved forward shortly after 0800 to be greeted by heavy and accurate fires. By front was a part of the Japanese main line of resistance. The 3d Battalion, with all of its automatic weapons in its frontline, directed fire into the enemy 1000, Marine casualties were heavy. The ist Battalion, 25th Marines, striking northeast lost among others its commander, Lieutenant Colonel Mustain, line.
Hill 382 was the responsibilit' of the 23d Marines and the Ist Battalion was dependent on success there before attacking Turkey Knob. The day's battle was hard-fought but without significant gains. The attack halted at 1600, at which time, the 3d Battalion was ordered into reserve and given the responsibility of defending the East Boat Basin against an enemy landing from the sea, still considered within the realm of possibility. " At 0815, the last day of February. the 3d Battalion moved north along the coast, while the ist and 2d Baualions attacked Turkey Knob.
Once the air attack was ended, the artillery and naval ships resumed their bombard- were made in the Marine command structure. Lieutenant General Holland M. Smith was named to head the new Fleet Marine Force, Pacific command (FMFPac). The organization of such a new command was necessitated by the step-up in tempo and expan- ment in an ever-increasing tempo. The time had come for the Sunday punch; at 0717 the first 24 LVTs carrying the assault waves of the 24th and 25th sion of future Marine operations.
A brief history of the 25th Marines by Joseph B Ruth; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division