Tarawa Hero dies

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Tarawa Hero dies

Post by Peter H » 15 Jan 2005 06:38

Major General Michael P Ryan passed away the 9th January 2005.To be buried at Arlington on the 26th.

More on Ryan here:

http://www.usmc.mil/genbios2.nsf/0/9D01 ... endocument



Major Michael P. Ryan (1911-2005)
Ryan, Michael P., 330350

Awarded the Navy Cross for action at Tarawa

Osage city, Kansas, company commander Company L, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines.

For extraordinary heroism, great determination and leadership, conspicuous fighting spirit, great personal bravery, and tactical skill. when his battalion commander failed to reach shore, as senior officer Ryan assumed command of the badly disorganized and isolated survivors of three battalions. He organized and directed critical operations of these elements throughout the battle until he was relieved, leading assults on enemy positions, retaining initiative in his sector, and clearing his isolated beachhead into which reinforcements could be moved.

Ryan also received the British Distinguished Service Order.


http://www.geocities.com/jonathan.e.stevens/ryan.htm

..Other outstanding achievements were recognised,notably the capture of Green Beach on D+1 by Maj Ryan and his gathering of the survivors of the landing on Red Beach 1.In retrospect,the capture of Green Beach was the single factor that turned the tide of the battle irrevocably in the Marines' favor...
Tarawa 1943 Derrick Wright

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Post by Peter H » 15 Jan 2005 06:42

Ryan(top row,third from right) with the 6th Marines,Iceland 1941.

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Post by Peter H » 15 Jan 2005 06:43

The good General and his autographed photo he sent me:
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Post by David C. Clarke » 15 Jan 2005 06:46

Tarawa--now that was a fight!!!

Sorry to see a Hero pass, but I think that what happened on that small Pacific island will be remembered forever.

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~D, the EviL

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Post by Dan W. » 25 Jan 2005 02:55

R.I.P. General Ryan.

Semper Fi.

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