Also see raiders sites on GyG's....
Gunny....From all the postings re Carlson one would think he was the only Raider C.O.
Colonel Meritt Edson, Medal of Honor, deserves recognition as the first C.O. of the First Raider Battalion. He was the hero of Edson's ridge on Guadalcanal.
One finds nothing but Carlson on your website....not to diminish his memory.....But.....
history tells us that he is apparently the only Marine C.O. ever considering seriously surendering to the small (?) enemy force on Makin Island.
If I understand correctly he gained his communistic sympathies
while marching in the Chinese Eigth Route Army under Mao. Again if I understand correctly he ran for the U.S. Senate as a communist from the state of Oregon. Furthur if my information is correct he was refused burial at Arlington upon his death. However hi famiy was finaly allowed to bury him there.
This is certainly not intended to denigrate Colonel Carlson....merely questioning why all the other Marines who commanded Raider Battalions are almost ignored. Marines such as Colonel (Later Brig. Gen. Harry B. Liversedge) Colonel Jimmy Roosevelt ( Later Brig. Gen.)
Since I served only in the First Raider Btn. I have no direct knowledge of other Raider C.O.s
I repeat....This is not meant to denigrate the late Colonel Carlson....Merely an effort to brng another great Marine to the attention of viewers.
Al Careaga, former GySgt.
First Raider Battalion, later C company, 1st. Btn. 4t Marines.