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Commemorating the Second Marine Division's assault on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, 20-23 November, 1943.
(VICTORIA, B.C.) - The Web team at Tarawa Talk [tarawaontheweb.org/] has an important project underway to pay tribute and express thanks to those veterans for at their participation in the Battle of Tarawa, 20-24 November 1943.
They are posting a roster of known living Tarawa veterans on 20 November 2010 commemorates the 67th anniversary of the start of that battle, according to former Marine John Oberg in Victoria, B.C.
In particular, he is asking for names and unit designators of any living Tarawa veterans, especially those from 2nd Marines, 6th Marines, 8th Marines, 10th Marines and several smaller attached units [complete list of units available at tarawaontheweb.org/leather.htm].
To assist in the creation this roster of living Tarawa veterans, a set of 22 questions is attached which veterans are asked to use in supplying background information on yourself OR on other living Tarawa veterans you may know.
Perhaps a phone call to the veteran OR a forward of this email to that person is all that is needed. Perhaps you already know the answers to the questions. Oberg says he is trying to make this information collection process as easy, efficient and accurate as possible.
"The cut-off date for my receipt of any information you can assist in collecting is 15 November 2010. However, this roster will be kept open to include information received in the weeks and months after 15 November 2010. Please try to get the requested information to me on or before 15 November. At a minimum, that will leave me 4 days to organize and prepare the posting I intend to make late in the day of 19 November, in time for these veterans and their families to read the roster on 20 November, the 67th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Tarawa."
With thanks for your help,
Marine John Oberg
2764 Tudor Avenue Victoria, BC V8N 1L7 Canada email@example.com
TARAWA ROSTER INFORMATION:
[If any question deserves an extended answer, please utilize a separate sheet. If you wish any answer excluded from publication, please indicate. In all cases, please show the utmost discretion and respect to the Tarawa Veterans.
Some may have strong reservations about sharing anything with anyone.]
If you use additional sheets please put your name and date on each sheet used.
Please Mail and or send via email the enclosed questionnaire and I will send to him via email: John Stofiel 6204 Kansas St. Vancouver, WA 98661-6924 or send to Jfstofiel@comcast.net
It is noted that the timeline of 15 November is only for honoring our Tarawa Marines on the website on the anniversary. If the timeline cannot be met the information will still be sent to be included on the perpetual website for ongoing recognition. Thank You! Please take the time to call and or go see them to retrieve the information if they are willing to participate.
The Assault of the Second Marine Division on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll,
20-23 November, 1943
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