The destroyer shown near the beginning of the film delivering orders to the command ship is the U.S.S. Frazier (DD-607). During the battle of Tarawa it provided pre-invasion bombardment and fire support to the Marines ashore. Commissioned in 1942, the ship earned 12 battle stars in WWII. She was decommissioned in 1946 and sold for scrap in 1972. See more »
Director Louis Hayward delivers an important Oscar-winning documentary short about the Battle of Tarawa in the South Pacific. America suffered almost 1700 dead which shocked the country. The movie has colored war footage filmed by combat reporters right in the thick of the fight. It proved to be too graphic to exhibit until President Roosevelt approved it himself. It brings war documentary to a new level of realism. As propaganda, this is a very risky move by Roosevelt. The bloody fight could have sapped the resolve of the American people. Instead, the people rose to the occasion and come to understand the difficult fight yet to come.
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