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Edson’s (Bloody Nose) Ridge

We had a fascinating time tracking the battles between U.S. forces and
Japanese on Edson’s Ridge. It was here that Colonel Merritt A. Edson
for two days held off the Japanese advance on a ridge overlooking
Henderson Field. We listened as Reynolds talked about the U.S.
defenses, which for each of two nights in a row killed some eight
hundred Japanese charging up from the Japanese-held side of the
ridge. If the ridge had been lost, Henderson Field would have been
lost as well and we would have been pushed off the Solomon Islands.

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