Naval History's Guide to “The Pacific”
Episode 2 - Part 2
Basilone and the 7th Marines arrive on Guadalcanal to reinforce Leckie and the rest of the 1st Marine Division as they continue to defend the crucial airstrip. Basilone plays a key role in repelling a nighttime Japanese attack but suffers a frightful personal loss. After four months of continuous action, the exhausted and disease-ridden men of the 1st Marine Division are evacuated off the island.
Edward J. Drea explains the problems that afflicted the Japanese military in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Japanese military leadership was unprepared and ill-informed in regard to waging war in the Pacific, as their focus for years had been on Russia and China. Their strategy and tactics left them overextended and underpowered, leaving them vulnerable to the attacks of the United States.
Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman, USN (Ret.) laughs and cries as he describes a shipmate being struck by the wing of a Kamikaze plane he'd shot down from the deck of his ship. The man was taken away by the doctors and Zimmerman states, "I was sure he was dead."