There wasn't a lot to the North Africa landings. It's often forgotten - or completely overlooked or even ignored - that the defenders of the beaches at Algeria and French Morocco were FRENCH troops. Many, if not most, were Pro-American and followed orders only half-heartedly. A few even mutinied, outright refusing to fire on Americans. Three members of Patton's staff went ashore the first day, 8 November, under flags of truce to arrange a cease-fire with French commanders. There was some SNAFU, one of the envoys was killed and another was captured, so the cease-fire wasn't effected until late on the 10th. The only marines present were ship's detachments. Their normal duties were to serve as orderlies, etc. During combat they served as gun crews, operating ship's guns. Rarely, if ever, went ashore as members of a landing party (very few, if any ship's landing parties during WWII anyway). Any marines that went ashore on the 10th probably did so on shore liberty. Write the Bureau of Personnel as suggested.