One Marine hero of the Tarawa battle was
Siwash, an artillery battalion's mascot. Siwash is a duck. Landing with
his outfit, Siwash spent 36 hours under fire, in the first 15 minutes
of his invasion beat the stuffing out of a Jap rooster, attacked and
routed a shell-shocked Jap pig. Siwash showed no battle strain at all.
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