Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Tonga 45, Old Europe 0

I'm reminded that Tonga is part of the coalition & got missed off the pix on the earlier post. It's a tiny island, but 45 marines served in Iraq until last Christmas. Here they are.


They were also our allies in WW2.

It was only the second time that Tonga had sent soldiers to the battle field. The first time was during the Second World War, when a platoon of 28 soldiers under the command of Lt. Ben Masefield saw action at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands in 1942. In two separate engagement it lost two soldiers, Lt. Ben Masefield and 2nd Lt. Taliai.