The Marine Corps on Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal, the Pacific Theater fight that Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos called the "baptism by fire" for the corps during World War II.

"It was the first moment that untested Marines met crack Japanese troops in the skies, on the beaches, and deep in the jungle - and prevailed," Gen. Amos added. "Men on both sides struggled in the most challenging of human environments and fought for their beliefs, their nations, and their brothers."

On Aug. 7, 1942 the first wave of 16,000 Marines landed on Guadalcanal and ultimately halted the advance of Japanese forces.

"The peace they achieved has prevailed for nearly seven decades and now serves as the bedrock of our alliance with the people of Japan," Amos said.

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