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[Annotators Note: Robert Addison was a member of the US Marine Corps 1st Raider Battalion.]After Bloody Ridge they went up the Matanikau. On 13 October the army came in. There were about 3000 soldiers replacing about 300 Marines. To Addison that was an even swap.The battle of Bloody Ridge kept the airstrip out of the hands of the Japanese. If the Japanese had taken the airstrip they would have been able to launch land based planes against Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Samoa. By the time they left Guadalcanal Addison was a squad leader.On Kolombangara the Japanese had about 10000 troops. Had they known that there was only a battalion of Americans they would have wiped them out. The Marines played games with the Japanese to trick them.On New Georgia it rained all the time. During the dry season it rained every day at 4 o'clock. During the wet season it rained all day. They were always wet. It was hard for the men to operate like that but it did not affect the mortar tubes.Addison was a popular squad leader. He did not drink or smoke so when they got their cigarette and beer rations his men got his.Addisons last combat was New Georgia. After the fighting there he was sent back to the United States. When Addison got back to the United States he applied and was accepted into the navys V12 program. For his first semester he was sent to Denison down near Columbus, Ohio. After the first semester he was sent to Oberlin and that is where he was when the war ended. Addison was relieved to hear that the war was over. He heard the news on the radio while he was eating dinner one night. Addison knew that he would have been sent back to the Pacific to take part in the invasion of Japan. Addison got out of the Marines and returned to Oberlin as a civilian. After graduating he stayed and got his masters degree. Addison feels that it is important for kids today to study and learn about World War 2. Addison volunteers at his local high school. When the history class gets to talking about the war Addison goes there to talk about it. Addison was a shy kid when he went into the Marines but was not when he got out. Addison hopes that future generations will learn from what they went through.

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