The Battle of Roi-Namur was a fierce World War II battle fought between the 4th Marine Division, led by Major General Harry Schmidt, and the Japanese defense forces, on the island of Roi-Namur, from February 1 to February 3, 1944, in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Located on the north, Roi Namur was the second largest island of the Kwajalein Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, and it had an airfield that had to be captured. This military encounter took place simultaneously with the Battle of Kwajalein, on the south of the atoll. Having landed on the island in the early hours of February 1, the men of 4th Marine Division had to deal with stiff and stubborn Japanese resistance. However, the island was completely secured by February 3. Approximately 3,400 Japanese soldiers were killed in action and only 50 were taken prisoner.
Battle of Roi-Namur