Marine Raiders Strike Makin Island

Marine Raiders Strike Makin Island

August 17, 1942, in Marine Corps history.

On August 17, 1942, the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Evans F. Carlson landed on Makin Island.

The Raiders, who were launched from the submarines Nautilus and Argonaut, destroyed a seaplane base, two radio stations, and a supply warehouse, in addition to killing approximately 100 Japanese soldiers before leaving the island the following day.

Marine Raiders in Operation at Makin Island, 1943.
(U.S. government photo)

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