The quantities of supplies and intelligence from the captured documents revealed that at least 3,000 Japanese troops were on the island and apparently planning an attack. The memorial There were numerous heroes in the battle for the ridge. Edson was in constant communication with his forward observers and called the artillery in closer to provide a protective umbrella for his beleaguered Marines. Such a move would weaken his perimeter elsewhere. The site of the battle was a seven-mile-long (11-kilometer) stretch of land over three sharp peaks, separated by steep valleys. Twelve U.S. Marines were killed; Japanese casualties are unknown but perhaps somewhat greater. They struck the Marines’ lines in front of Company C around the lagoon area. , Edson and Colonel Gerald Thomas, Vandegrift's operations officer, believed that the Japanese attack would come at the Lunga Ridge, a narrow, grassy, 1,000 m (1,100 yd) long, coral ridge (9°26′39″S 160°2′50″E / 9.44417°S 160.04722°E / -9.44417; 160.04722 (Edson's Ridge)Coordinates: 9°26′39″S 160°2′50″E / 9.44417°S 160.04722°E / -9.44417; 160.04722 (Edson's Ridge)) parallel to the Lunga River just south of Henderson Field. A few Japanese generals at Rabaul were infuriated that the Marines struck behind their lines and agreed with that officer. The few Japanese defenders witnessing this mistakenly thought a full-scale invasion was about to commence, and they scattered into the jungle. Soon a gap developed. The deterioration of the situation on Bloody Ridge led General Byers on 28 August to alter his approach and he decided upon a limited advance along the whole Corps' front, starting on 31 August. No one had done more to win victory, than Mike O’Brien had. Edson hurriedly called for additional air support. Around and behind Hill 123 he placed five companies. Joe Buntin of Company A was instructed to head a 25-man patrol into the jungle area, which ran parallel to the Lunga River. This is the number of Days of clean healthy, USS Indianapolis Survivors 75th Anniversary. Coordinates: 38°15′18″N 128°02′16.8″E / 38.25500°N 128.038000°E / 38.25500; 128.038000. Meanwhile, a Japanese mortar attack slammed shells into both sides of the ridge, severing the phone lines to the division CP. But the men knew that if they did not successfully repel an enemy attack and the Japanese occupied the airstrip, the battle for Guadalcanal was over. On 4 and 5 September with surprising ease the 2nd Division forces advanced and took over Bloody Ridge. Emerging from his squalid, blacked-out intelligence shack, Moran relayed the news to Thomas and Edson. His orders were to determine the size and location of the Japanese force moving in their direction.  The 1st Parachute battalion, which had suffered heavy casualties in the Battle of Tulagi and Gavutu-Tanambogo in August, was placed under Edson's command. The Battle of Bloody Ridge was a ground combat battle that took place during the Korean War from August 18 to September 5, 1951. Riflemen poured their fire into the assaulting enemy. Any Japanese attackers surmounting Hill 80 would have to advance over 400 yd (370 m) of open terrain to close with the Marine positions at Hill 123. In the battle, U.S. Marines, under the overall command of U.S. Major General Alexander Vandegrift, repulsed an attack by the Japanese 35th Infantry Brigade, under the command of Japanese Major General Kiyotake Kawaguchi. The steadily mounting casualty lists led to a decline in morale among the men of the ROK 36th Regiment. The Marines were ambushed by two Japanese companies acting as rear-guards for the withdrawal, and one Marine platoon was pinned down as the rest of the Marines retreated. This diminutive hill “commanded the approach” to Henderson Field. Kokusho's men came upon a pile of Marine supplies and rations. However, despite their early gains, the enemy attack soon fizzled with the approach of daybreak. , In spite of the successes of the destroyer runs, Kawaguchi insisted that as many soldiers of his brigade as possible be delivered to Guadalcanal by slow barges. A hot firefight ensued with the sounds of bullets hissing through the humid tropical air. , In total, Kawaguchi's forces lost about 830 killed in the attack, including 350 in Tamura's battalion, 200 in Kokusho's battalion, 120 in Oka's force, 100 in the Kuma battalion, and 60 in Watanabe's battalion. The battle took place between August 18 and September 5 and the enemy’s dead totaled 1,389 and as many as 15,000 communists were casualties. The untimely and frightening air raid did have some positive results for the Americans. The other two companies waited at the edge of the jungle for reinforcements to arrive before attacking into the open area around the airfield. , Subsequent "Express" runs were more successful. Kawaguchi's plan called for his forces to split into three, approach the Lunga perimeter inland, and launch a surprise night attack. It wasn’t long before the pair were good friends. 193–194; Frank. Witnessing groups of enemy soldiers swimming across the Lunga, it became apparent that the Japanese were attempting to envelop Company C’s right flank. “He left behind him a bloodstained ridge littered with corpses,” wrote Samuel Griffith. At the same time, Oka's troops approached the Lunga perimeter from the west. Major General Alexander A. On 27 August some units of the regiment broke and ran, spreading panic among the elements of the U.S. 9th Regiment as well. Alexander, p. 183; Christ, pp. He had a rosary in one hand and was well along in his prayers.”. Hill 123, the largest of the hills on the ridge, was situated in the center. fire. Kawaguchi’s men were cut to pieces. “In my whole life I have never felt so helpless.” Kawaguchi’s scheme for one massive move on the Marine perimeter was failing miserably. Vastly outgunned by the larger enemy ships, over 500 shells were lobbed at the tiny pair of transports. In the distance an American convoy of several cargo ships and five destroyers was heading west toward Lunga Point. The Tasimboko raid was a great success. Looking for reliable information or news facts about WW2? General Clark L. Ruffner, the 2nd Infantry Division commander, had to commit elements of the U.S. 9th Infantry Regiment to support the South Koreans, but still the KPA refused to give ground. The ridge was defended by men of the 1st Raider and 1st Parachute Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Merritt A. Edson. , By 23 August, Kawaguchi's unit had reached Truk and was loaded onto slow transport ships for the rest of the trip to Guadalcanal. That morning Edson called his company commanders to his CP. One tank tumbled down an embankment into the Tenaru River, drowning its crew. Captain Harry B. Torgerson, their commander, tried to organize them on Hill 123. Soon, Curtiss P-40s, led by Captain Dale Brannon from the U.S. Army Air Corps’ 67th Fighter Squadron, were circling overhead. As the march progressed, the exhausted and hungry soldiers, who had eaten their last rations on the morning before their withdrawal, began to discard their heavy equipment and then their rifles. of the first bombs could be heard directly ahead of us. , At first light on 13 September, Cactus Air Force aircraft and Marine artillery fired into the area just south of the ridge, forcing any Japanese out in the open to seek cover in the nearby jungle. The concussion picked us both up, slammed us back down, and covered him and I with debris. Suddenly, shells from a 75mm artillery piece detonated in the treetops. These reinforcements allowed Vandegrift—beginning on 19 September—to establish an unbroken line of defense around the Lunga perimeter. These units added about 1,500 troops to Vandegrift's original 11,000 men defending Henderson Field. An unknown number of wounded also died during the withdrawal march to the Matanikau. Hyakutake realized that, in order to send sufficient troops and material to defeat the Allied forces on Guadalcanal, he could no longer support the major Japanese offensive on the Kokoda Track in New Guinea.