Tinian Declared Secure

August 1, 1944, in Marine Corps history.
Tinian Declared Secure
Posted on 8/1/2000

On August 1, 1944, Major General Harry Schmidt, commander of V Amphibious Corps, declared the island of Tinian secure. This declaration came after nine days of fighting Japanese forces that were occupying the island.

The combination of surprise, heavy pre-assault bombardment, and effective logistical support resulted in significantly fewer casualties (344 killed and 1550 wounded) than were experienced in previous landings during the Corps' Pacific Campaign. As a result, the assault on Tinian was coined "the perfect amphibious operation of World War II."

*Image info: Marines wading ashore on Tinian.
(U.S. Government photo/released).

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