rereading about battle for Buna in late 1942 and can't help but see the differences between US army's poor performance at Buna and combined US Army and USMC performance at Guadalcanal. it can't just be the difference between an offensive(Buna) and defensive(Guadalcanal) battle. most marines landed at Guadalcanal less than a month after leaving the states, the 32nd div at Buna had been an organized unit in Australia for 6 to 7 months before being deployed to Buna area. was there that much difference between the training of USMC and army units? or was the difference in quality of officers and NCOs?