Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 1, 2012

Tickets Available 4-6pm Monday, March 12 and 19 for Blake Library Showings of “With the Marines at Tarawa” March 21 and 28

For immediate release:  Feb. 29, 2012                                    
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863   

U.S. Marines and Navy F.M.F. Corpsmen of Martin County to host public viewings of Academy Award-winning documentary “With the Marines at Tarawa” at Blake Library March 21 and March 28

Martin County Veterans Service Supervisor John Haddox states there are more than 18,000 U.S. military veterans currently residing in Martin County.  Of these, an estimated 10-15% are United States Marines—1,800 to 2,700 of whom Haddox states are U.S. Marines, nearly the equivalent in strength of a Marine Corps regiment!  No doubt many of these and other veterans have sustained combat and have amazing stories to tell.

The U.S. Marines and Navy Fleet Marine Force (F.M.F.) Corpsmen who comprise the membership of the Martin County-based Lance Corporal Justin J. Wilson Detachment 1045, Marine Corps League, have partnered with the Martin County Library System to present the Academy Award-winning documentary With the Marines at Tarawa in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart, on Wednesday, March 21 and March 28 at 10:00 a.m.  A member of the LCpl. Justin J. Wilson Detachment 1045 is one of the surviving Marines who stormed Tarawa in the first wave of the invasion.

Two U.S. Marine combat photographers were killed during the production of this amazing official Marine Corps Technicolor film of the actual battle to invade the Imperial Japanese Military held Pacific Island fortress of Tarawa.  This fact and others will be discussed prior to the showing of the documentary.  A question and answer session follows the screening.

Because of limited seating, numbered admission tickets (red for March 21; blue for March 28) will be issued in advance for the two showings.   Free tickets  (a limit of up to four [4] only) may be obtained in person from a Marine Corps League member manning a table in the Blake Library lobby on Monday, March 12 and March 19 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Marine Eugene “Tim” Shawaryn, a longtime member of the Marine Corps League, will be the featured speaker for the two separate showings of this documentary.  Shawaryn was wounded twice in combat: the first time on Tarawa and the second time on Saipan during that Marine invasion.  He hopes that other veterans living in Martin County who also have served in the U.S. Coast Guard, Army Air Corps, U.S. Navy and Marines as part of the invasion of Tarawa will attend and join him on stage to be recognized and take part in the question and answer sessions.  These veterans are asked to identify themselves when they acquire tickets so they can be properly recognized for their service.

For more information call (772) 781-8176.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call (772) 221-1403, or visit the library website at



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