Acknowledgements and credits to people and organizations who helped us in the creation of this website
Special thanks to Colonel Edward L. Bale (USMC, ret.) for his advisory support. He has been really helpful to us, and replied to our numerous questions. This project couldn't see daylight without his help.
Thanks to Joe D. Woolum, who shared his Tarawa experience with us, as well as his photos and other documents. His vivid memory regarding those 70 year old events was more than helpful.
Thanks to Bill Eads, Ed Gazel, Clifford Quine, Mike Shivetts, John Marn (and his daughter, Charlotte Brurud) for sharing their experiences on Tarawa. Their stories were helpful to put light on their unit history.
Thanks to Oscar E. “Ed” Gilbert Jr. who allowed us to use a part of his excellent book "Marine Tank Battles in the Pacific". He also helped us in his capacity of researcher and historian.
He advised us on the whole website project, helped us to locate other living veterans and resources and edited the text.
Thanks to David Vickers (Major, USMC ret.) for sharing his knowledge and work about the tanks of C Company, 1st Corps Medium Tank Battalion. His work on reconstructing the role of the tanks from archival photos is unique. He also replied to many of our questions.
Thanks to Philip Wright and his family who shared Raymond A. Barker's story on this website. Phil and his family shared additional documents and pictures that you can see on this website; many thanks to all of them.
Thanks to John Oberg, who has done impressive work with the Tarawa Living Veterans Project. He shared information with us, and provided interviews he conducted with veterans.
John Oberg conducts project on his own. Thank you for what you do.
Thanks to Dan Josefson, who shared photos of his dad as a Marine, Eugene "Josie" Josefson.
Many thanks to the Historical Reference Branch, Marine Corps History Division, which, via Annette Amerman, helped us delve into archives and provided us with many documents.
Thanks to the Archives and Special Collections, Library of the Marine Corps, which, via Mrs Whitley, provided us 2nd Marine Division archives relating to the battle of Tarawa.
Thanks to the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA II, College Park MD), and its archivists who provided us with many documents and photos. Their help was essential to search the archives.
Many thanks to the National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg Texas, and to Mr. Reagan Grau, who allowed us to use the "oral history" of Ed Bale.
Thank you to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel which, via Alan King, allowed us to use the article by Samuel Shaffer of the Associated Press, published in the newspaper on December 28th 1943.
Many thanks to Le Musée des Blindés (Tank Museum) at Saumur, France, which allowed us to take pictures of an M4A2 in the reserves storage facility, and allowed us to publish them in our website. Over 200 vehicles are preserved in the museum, from WWI to the contemporary period. Ironically, the collection includes several M4A2s, vehicles which the US Marine Corps museums do not include. It is a unique collection and most of the vehicles are in working conditions.
It is one of the best tank museums of the world
Our thanks to Pierre Olivier Buan who shared his technical knowledge about the medium tanks manufacturers and production. He is the owner of the brilliant and detailed website describing all M4 models in detail.
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