By Joseph B Ruth; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division
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For two days the 2d Battalion was kept busy mopping up the northwestern face of Mt. Maga. v all three of the battalions moved out, the ist Battalion to even higher ground, 540-foot Mt. Lasso. The attack began at 0800 after a 5-minute artillery preparation. The going was tough as the Marines slipped repeatedly on the muddy slope. The enemy withdrew and the ist Battalion reached the summit unopposed. This was a fortunate day for the Marines. Had the enemy defended Mt. Lasso, he could have exacted a heavy price from the men of the 25th.
The mountain suddenly appeared to explode as heavy mortars and artillery opened up on the attackers. It was obvious that this regiment had its own piece of hell to worry about. By now the en- USMC Photo 110108 Men of the 25th are pinned down as they hit the beach. Making their fourth assault in 13 months, the veteran fihters are ready to secure the beachhead's nght flank on Iwo Jima. tire beachhead had come under fire; the debris of battle along the dark beach gave mute testimony to they landed would have dire consequences for the Marines.
The going was tough as the Marines slipped repeatedly on the muddy slope. The enemy withdrew and the ist Battalion reached the summit unopposed. This was a fortunate day for the Marines. Had the enemy defended Mt. Lasso, he could have exacted a heavy price from the men of the 25th. A problem of no contact with the 2d Marine Divi- Marines find the slopes o/Mi. Lasso on Tinian tough sion still existed on the left flank. The 2d Marine otherwise flat Pact/ic is/and. USMC Photo 87900 going. The mountain was the high point on an Division.
A brief history of the 25th Marines by Joseph B Ruth; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division