Throughout the course of the day, Marine pioneers and Navy Seabees had been building a corduroy road through the horrifically think jungle in an effort to bring up tanks, as well as bulldozers. The arrival of the Marine Shermans would have to wait until first light. Col. Katayama knew very well that the Marines were getting stronger with each passing minute. With this in mind, he ordered a night counterattack across the stream in an effort to catch the Marines as they prepared for their daylight assault.
Attacker: Japanese (141st Infantry Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 53rd Infantry Regiment)
Defender: American (USMC) (3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment and 1st Tank Regiment)