Ship, Crew Honors the 68th Anniversary of the Makin Island Raid 
CO Capt. Robert G. Kopas and XO Capt. James W. Landers, along with other members, cut the cake  
 
SAN DIEGO - USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Sailors and Marines participate in a cake cutting ceremony August 16, in honor of the 68th anniversary of the Makin Island Raid during WWII. Makin Island's Commanding Officer Capt. Robert G. Kopas and Executive Officer Capt. James W. Landers gave a history of the raid and where the term "Gung Ho" came from to open the ceremony. Makin Island's choir sang Eternal Father while Combat Cargo Officer, Chief Warrant Officer Stephen R. Campbell read the names of those Marines who gave their lives during the invasion. Makin Island is the second U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of the raid carried out by Marine Raider Companies A and B on August 17, 1942. Launched from submarines USS Nautilus and USS Argonaut, the marines succeeded in routing enemy forces there and gathered valuable intelligence.
 
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