"Now we are up against mountains and caves where the Japs can really dig in.
A week from now there will be a lot of dead Marines."
-Lieutenant General Holland M. Smith, V Amphibious Corps
On June 22nd, the Marines started their slow advance through "Death Valley." It was a deep valley that the Japanese, had control of on either side. The Japanese not having enough forces to overpower the Americans, also hid in the sugarcane fields and ambushed them. The Marines responded by torching the fields with flamethrowers.
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