February 3, 1944 (Thursday)

“Cactus,” Carney Field, Guadalcanal

Rained heavily all day. River (Lunga) rose steadily at the rate of approximately a foot per hour till nightfall, flooding roads, camps, and destroying the lower Lunga bridge. Tremendous trees swept downstream like matchsticks in the boiling chocolate current. Crane grabs worked frantically to save the bridge but they fought a losing fight against the rising heap of debris. Water system in camp also went out. 

Have successfully taken Kwajalein Atoll, the hub of the Japanese Marshall defenses, with very low casualties. Seems we profited from Tarawa in that the assault was of the pincer variety instead of the head-on smash. 

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