Tuesday, December 27, 2016
In finality from the isegoria.net web site that continuing series of blog entries, extracts with my commentary.
Mitchell Paige. American war hero you probably have never heard of.
Known by his Serb birth name of: Михајло Пејић/Mihajlo Pejić!!
THE GI Joe!!
Two-thousand against ONE!
"One Hill, One Marine"
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"As Paige — then a platoon sergeant — and his riflemen set about carefully emplacing their four water-cooled Brownings, it’s unlikely anyone thought they were about to provide the definitive answer to that most desperate of questions: How many able-bodied U.S. Marines does it take to hold a hill against 2,000 desperate and motivated attackers?"
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"By the time the night Oct. 25. was over, 'the 29th (Japanese) Infantry Regiment has lost 553 killed or missing and 479 wounded among its 2,554 men,' . . . 'The 16th (Japanese) Regiment’s losses are uncounted, but the 164th’s [U.S.] burial parties handle 975 Japanese bodies. … The American estimate of 2,200 Japanese dead is probably too low.'”
Originally I thought the heroics of Mitchell Paige as during the Battle of the Bloody Ridge [often referred to as Edson's Ridge]. This combat action however one month subsequent to Bloody Ridge!
Paige not 100 % alone as you might well assume but a platoon sergeant in charge for thirty men manning four machine guns. Paige the last man standing, all other personnel, KIA or WIA!
Dig also this amazing stuff! Mitchell Paige the inspiration for the plastic GI Joe child's toy:
"In 1998, Paige served as the model for a G.I. Joe action figure. His was the Marine Corps figure in a series honoring Medal of Honor recipients from each branch of the U.S. military."