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When the 2nd Raider Battalion pulled out of Makin Island after the WWII raid it is stated the nine Marines were" inadvertantly" left behind.
Somehow that statement has always bothered me.

Was it ever explained by Col. Carlson how he lost track of 9 of his men?
 

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When the 2nd Raider Battalion pulled out of Makin Island after the WWII raid it is stated the nine Marines were" inadvertantly" left behind.
Somehow that statement has always bothered me.

Was it ever explained by Col. Carlson how he lost track of 9 of his men?
Really an Interesting Story!
The 'best' explanation out there seems to be the 'chaos of battle'...
He lost many men, whom he had to leave to be buried by the natives...it certainly doesn't appear to anything more than 'inadvertance'...in extremely difficult circumstances!

Edit: This is the 'best' account I found of a variety of sites on the Internet on short notice---
http://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/carlsons-raid-makin-island

And Read this Link from a Marine who was there...and disputes the 'Left Behind' Charge !?
http://www.angelfire.com/ca/dickg/carlsonraidersexecuted.html

CAVman in WYoming
 
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Makin Raid

Thanks.
That was very informative.

I am sure Col. Carlson and his men were pushed to the limit
during this operation.
It was only their courage and initiative that got them out.
 
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