Elwin Hart

 
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Elwin Hart

WWII - USMC

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On November 21st, 1943, Elwin Hart transmitted one of the most well known messages in Marine Corps history:

“CASUALTIES – MANY; PERCENTAGE DEAD – UNKOWN; COMBAT EFFICIENCY – WE ARE WINNING”

Just 24 hours prior, Elwin was churning towards Tarawa’s shores in a Higgins boat, not knowing the Hell that lay before him. Chaos ruled the beach that day. Bullets popped, shells exploded, and men screamed as the deeply entrenched Japanese defenders pummeled the unsuspecting Marines as they poured ashore.

Through the destruction, Elwin was able to gather the pieces to his radio and begin transmitting messages. He is believed to be the only Marine to successfully transmit from Tarawa during the 76 hour battle. In those three long, hot November days, he did not sleep, rest, and his canteen was only a few sips lighter than when he splashed ashore.