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 The first night of July 21–22

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PostSubject: Re: The first night of July 21–22   Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:50 am

The first night of July 21–22, the Marines of 3rd Battalion came under a concerted counterattack by the survivors of the Japanese 320th Independent Infantry Battalion, as well as the 319th, committed by Japanese commander General Kiyoshi Shigematsu to retake the Chonito Cliffs.[21] The Japanese managed to infiltrate past many 3rd Battalion units through ravines and dry river beds and briefly threatened to overrun the battalion command post. The fighting was so heavy that parts of the Division Reserve were committed and the destroyer USS McKee was unable to provide close fire support, as the Japanese and Marines were so closely intermingled.[22] However the Marines held firm and managed to repulse the attack by 0830.[22] During the counterattack, a mortarman with Kilo Company
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