Veteran Returns to Bloody Tarawa

Tarawa...bloody Tarawa. Sixty-five years after the battle there, Leon Cooper, a World War II veteran, says he is still haunted. "They were shooting at us from here, from there and from there," he said as he stood on the beach on the small Pacific atoll. Cooper, now 89, was a Navy ensign when the United States attacked the Japanese holding Tarawa in November 1943. It was an early part of the U.S. "island-hopping" strategy in the Pacific to take strongholds closer and closer to Japan. Cooper...Full Story
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