TALES OF VALOR EP 34: William Dean Hawkins | When talking about Hawkins as a platoon leader during the battle of Tarawa, Robert Sherrod said "During a day and a half he personally cleaned out six Jap machine gun nests, sometimes standing on top of a track and firing point blank at four or five men who fired back at him from behind blockhouses. Lieutenant Hawkins was wounded a second time, but he still refused to retire. To say that his conduct was worthy of the highest traditions of the Marine Corps is like saying the Empire State Building is moderately high."
Our story takes us to the middle of nowhere in the pacific ocean this week during WW2. Grab a drink and tell a friend.
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