The Foundation
Camp Tarawa Tour
2nd and 5th Division 
Det. Awards

Camp Tarawa Detachment Marine Corps League #1255

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Treasure Valley 878 ID.

Ventura County 597 CA.

       Meetings held in 
       Kailua- Kona, HI
Dale Ross  Commandant
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For information on the new Camp Tarawa "Boots on the Ground" tour go to Camp Tarawa Tour in the index bar at top of the page.
  Morning colors 2nd Marine Division-Camp Tarawa 1944.
Marines and Navy Corpsman from Easy Company 2nd Battalion 28th Marines after raising the flags on Mt. Suribachi-Iwo Jima February 23, 1945.
Page updated Feb 13, 2019
 Our detachment short history of old Camp Tarawa is now available in PDF format and can be be downloaded to your PC or Mac. It can be printed out or read on your PC or Mac monitor. If you are interested in receiving a copy by email please contact Kathy Painton at kathypainton@hotmail.com .  

For some old Camp Tarawa History check out these pages on the index bar at the top of this page, 2nd and 5th Division for letters written by Marines that trained at Camp Tarawa, Roscoe's page for Sea Stories, and the Monument page for the history the Camp Tarawa Memorial.  
          Detachment Officers 2018/19
 Clay Bollman
Senior Vice Commandant
Mike Donahoe
Junior Vice Commandant
              Bob Strickland
         Acting Judge Advocate
Aloha and Welcome to our Website

Our next scheduled meeting is on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at VFW Post 12122 in Kailua-Kona. Social Hour begins at 11:30am and our business meeting starts at 1:00pm.  Dress code is Resort Casual.  

We usually meet the fourth Saturday of every month at the VFW Post in Kailua-Kona(except for the November Birthday Dinner) Contact our Commandant, Dale Ross (808) 322-2172 (daleross@hawaiiantel.net) or Kathy Painton (808) 880-9880 (kathypainton@hotmail.com) for more information on meeting location and time.
Camp Tarawa Memorial -- Parker Ranch -- The Big Island of Hawai'i

We start all our meetings with "On October 6, 2006, after more than 61 years, Marines and Navy Corpsmen have returned to Camp Tarawa."  

Our Primary Mission:  To keep alive the history of the men of the 2nd and 5th Marine Divisions who trained at old Camp Tarawa from December 1943 until the Camp was closed  in November 1945 after the invasion of Iwo Jima.  

Of the 55,000 Marines, Navy Corpsmen and Seabees who trained at Camp Tarawa, a total of  5,145 were killed in action or died of their wounds. 18,029 were wounded in action in the invasions of Saipan-Tinian and Iwo Jima.

Keeping this history alive is important because of the sacrifices they made in defense of our nation during WW II for our generation and generations to come. This is our way of thanking them!  

Bob Strickland
Jr. Past-Commandant
Interim Webmaster 
Lora Scott 
  Kathy Painton
Sergeant at Arms
Public Affairs Officer 
John Granville
Detachment Mascot