By Joseph B Ruth; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division
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D plus 2 action began with carrier planes flying close air support missions. Artillery furnished additional preparation fire as a prelude to the day's attack. The 25th Marines moved forward shortly after 0800 to be greeted by heavy and accurate fires. By front was a part of the Japanese main line of resistance. The 3d Battalion, with all of its automatic weapons in its frontline, directed fire into the enemy 1000, Marine casualties were heavy. The ist Battalion, 25th Marines, striking northeast lost among others its commander, Lieutenant Colonel Mustain, line.
For its exemplary performance the 4th Marine Division was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation. The Marines were proud of what they had turn, moved up to division as Chief of Staff. 28 Replacements arrived to fill the depleted ranks of the regiment. The Christmas season came and departed and the training went on. lt would have been nice to the island of sulphur. Perhaps there were those who reflected that another name for sulphur was have spent the holidays at home, but that was the brimstone" are reputed in rhyme and fable to be the ingredients of hell.
The second force hit the rear of the 25th but was stopped in its tracks by the fires hill was discovered. Engineers were called up to clear the road of mines and when the job was completed the tanks attached to the Ist Battalion rolled up the road right to the top without encountering enemy troops. The tanks returned to escort their charges back up Mt. Maga but again murderous fire tore into the advancing Marines. Withdrawing a second time, of a 3d Battalion rifle platoon. The fight was a fierce one and 91 of the enemy were killed.