He was assigned to Company “A”, 1st Raider Battalion, Fleet Marine Force,. He landed with that unit from USS Little (APD-4) at Tulagi, Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands, in the second assault wave on 7 August 1942. With Company “C”, 1st Raider Battalion, securing the right flank on the beachhead, Company “A” moved inland and down the right slope of Tulagi’s central ridge. Initially, the Marines were not opposed.
“I came across a foxhole occupied by Private First Class Ahrens, a small man of about 140 pounds… He was slumped in one corner of the foxhole covered with blood from head to foot. In the foxhole with him were two dead Japs, a lieutenant and a sergeant. There were eleven more dead Japs on the ground in front of his position. In his hands he clutched the dead officer’s sword.”
September 13, 2015
The Amazing, True Story of This WWII Marine Is One You’ve Probably Never Heard
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