Diary of John P. Burns

February 8, 1942 

Sunday. Sqd. returned to camp at night. Quite a bit of air activity today.

At the beach, two whaleboats of men of the 21st under Dyess and Donalson went ashore in the morning and systematically cleaned out the Japanese on the beach after having blasted the caves with 37 mm cannon and machine guns. But several of the men were killed or wounded by Japanese dive bombers flying up and down the beach area. Inland, the Scouts worked their way down to the beaches and by 1:50 p.m. the sector was cleared of all remaining Japanese.