Makin Island Raid
What do you know about the
Makin Island Raid?
this World War II History Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the bottom
of the page.
The Makin Island Raid (pronounced, "Muckin") (occurred on August
17 & 18, 1942) is an attack by the United States Marine Corps on
Japanese military forces on Makin Island in the Pacific Ocean.
What is Makin Island known as today?
- Paradise Island
- Butaritari Island
- Mutaritari Island
- Knocking Island
2) The raid is among the
first American offensive ground combat operations of World War
3) The US Marine Corps
raiding force is comprised a small battalion command group and
two of the battalion's six rifle companies.
battalion is the raiding force drawn from?
- 1st Marine Combat Battalion
- 2nd Raider Battalion
- 3rd Raider Command
- 5th Raider Battalion
4) The raiding force is
designated as Task Group Victory.
5) What type of ships bring the
Marine raiders to Makin Island?
- PT boats
- Troop Transporters
Marines are launched in rubber boats powered by small, 6 hp
outboard motors shortly after midnight of August 17. Surface
conditions are windy and rainy, with a difficult chop, swamping
many boats and drowning out outboard motors. The mission
continues with operable boats towing to shore those without
What time does the Marine's land on the island?
7) During the fighting,
a Marine Sergeant is killed while leading an assault on a
Japanese position. He is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor
for his actions and is the first Marine recipient of this honor
during World War II.
Who is the Marine Sergeant?
- Clyde A. Thomason
- Clyde Ware
- Thomas A. Clyde
- Andrew G. Young
8) US Marine casualties are
given as 18 killed in action and 12 missing in action. Of the 12
Marines missing in action, one is later identified among the 18
Marine Corps graves found on Makin Island. Of the remaining
eleven Marines missing in action, nine are inadvertently left
behind or returned to the island during the night withdrawal.
They are then captured, moved to Kwajalein Atoll, and executed
by Japanese forces. The remaining two Marines are never located.
9) Who commands the US Marine on the
Makin Island Raid?
- Ralph Richardson
- Charles Bye
- Evans Carlson
- Frank O. Hough
10) Although the Marine
Raiders succeed in destroying the Japanese garrison on the
island, the raid fails to meet its other material objectives. No
Japanese prisoners are taken, and no meaningful intelligence is
collected. Also, no significant Japanese forces are diverted
from the Solomon Islands area. In fact, because the
vulnerabilities to their garrisons in the Gilbert Islands are
highlighted by the raid, the Japanese strengthened their
fortifications and defensive preparations on the islands in the
central Pacific, which may have caused heavier losses for U.S.
forces during the battles of the Gilbert and Marshall Islands
campaigns. However, the raid does succeed in its objectives of
boosting morale and testing Raider tactics.