“Tarawa” by Tony Ciampa: Members
Tuesday, Feb 28, 10:00-11:50 am (ONE DAY ONLY) – Classroom D108
The island is called Betio and the atoll is called Tarawa. Here, for three days in November 1943, the Second Marine Division experienced their first amphibious assault landing in the start of the USMC’s Central Pacific island hopping campaign of World War II. The Marines faced the Japanese Imperial Navy and the Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces (rikusentai), an enemy committed to fight to the death. Three days of pure hell ensued. This presentation examines the leaders on both sides, problems and obstacles before and during D-Day, the savagery and the commitment by both sides to victory. One to capture the island, its airfields and the other to prevent progress of the American forces toward reaching Tokyo and defeating the Japanese. This presentation examines the lessons learned in a large scale amphibious assault against a strongly fortified position that still forms the benchmark of operational assaults from the sea by the U.S. Marines. Finally, it will cover the aftermath of this battle.
Tony has a BA Degree in Biology/Chemistry from Boston University and MBA from Northeastern University. Tony is retired as the Director, Global Marketing and Sales – Automotive, with Lord Corp. Tony worked at Lord Corp. for 37 years in both Boston, and Erie, PA. He enjoys golf, scuba dividing, biking, pickleball and traveling. Also he has a very keen interest in the history of World War II in all the theatres of action (North Africa, Sicily, Europe and the Pacific).