Army & Navy - COMMAND: The Army Relieves

By the time the hot, soggy breath of Christmas Day began to blow across the dank jungles of Guadalcanal, the Marines were writing the last lines to the brightest page in their Corps' history. This time the "scuttlebutt" was true: they were going to be relieved. Last week the War Department finally announced that the job had been completed. Guadalcanal's fighting force (except for airmen still provided by the Navy) was now made up of Army troops.

After almost five months of continuous action on one of the most perilous beachheads they ever defended, the Marines deserved a rest. Not in...

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