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The Raiders went south and ran into a company of Japanese that had crossed the river the previous night. The XO, Major Bailey, winner of the Medal of Honor on Bloody Ridge, was killed and Colonel Griffith, the CO, was wounded. Shortly before this, G Company of 2/5 attacked across the mouth of the river but came under heavy fire and had to pull back. Major Rogers was told that morning that he was to take A and B Companies of 1/7 by boat and land to the west of Point Cruz in support of this operation.
And one other thing Colonel, your men did an outstanding job last night. ” “Thank you Colonel Puller. ” “Well, let’s get ready. ” And with that Puller walked back to his CP. We ran into some of the intelligence people from division and Puller gave them a couple of platoons of men to provide security while they did the gruesome job of searching the dead. Thank God we didn’t have to do this. Later that morning Sergeant Briggs and his men started returning to the perimeter. He immediately reported to Puller, “Colonel, we got out of there as soon as you told us.
The ammo was running low from the continuous fighting, and the weapons were wearing out, but the Marines were holding on. ” “Alright then. ” We went outside and found two men and told them to help us get some ammo down to A Company, which was off to our left front. We grabbed all we could carry from the ammo dump and headed down. It started to rain again suddenly, and it was hard going, the mud was deep and slippery. The fighting intensified and the closer we got to A Company, the more careful we had to be.