32 Answered: A South Carolina Veterans' Story by Joe H Camp Jr.

By Joe H Camp Jr.

South Carolina servicemen made an outstanding and early contribution in WW II, whilst in February 1942 a bunch of them, all items of the state's 4 pre-war ROTC courses, have been assigned to the thirty second "Red Arrow" Infantry department (Michigan-Wisconsin nationwide Guard). during this extraordinary and expedient pairing, and in a single of the earliest Infantry devices to be ordered out of the country after the Pearl Harbor assault, they participated within the first offensive waged within the Pacific Theater below basic Douglas MacArthur's command. In victory, the pink Arrows suffered over ninety% casualties there at Buna, Papua New Guinea. those that emerged from that first tragic and defining conflict stayed directly to shape the Division's center of management for the rest of the struggle, and in doing so collected a number of the optimum overall hours in strive against in U.S. military background. The name "32 responded" alludes not just to the Division's nomenclature but in addition to the thirty-two overall documented South Carolina reservists stumbled on during this study, who stepped as much as resolution the decision to accountability quickly after the conflict emergency's onset.

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