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The Marines felt that they were good when it came to their training and their ability to fight. They landed on Namur on an LCVP [Annotator's Note: Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel]. When they landed on Namur they encountered some small arms fire and that was about it. It was not easy but they expected it to be tougher. It was good preparation for what was to come.Fighting the Japanese came easy to Mervosh because they were the ones who attacked the United States. Death to the Japanese was nothing and him and his men realized it very quickly. They were fanatical and suicidal. Mervosh experienced this in every battle in the Pacific. Winning the battle of Namur was a big morale booster for he and his men because the Japanese had held on to that island for over twenty five years.A lot of Mervosh's men called him combat crazy, but he considered himself combat oriented. He decided after Namur that they were going to train in misery so that when combat came around they were tough and hardened. After Namur they went to Maui, Hawaii and rested. Replacements came in and they resupplied. There was more training on Maui.Eventually they shipped out to sea again and this time they took a course for Saipan. Saipan took twenty five days to capture. Mervosh knew Saipan was going to be different because they received artillery fire while still in the boats.


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