The Battle for the island of Tarawa was one of the first American victories in the Pacific in World War II. It was also one of the war's fiercest and bloodiest battles.
On the front lines with the troops was U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Norman Hatch. But instead of shooting a rifle, Hatch was shooting film.
"The film shot on Tarawa was a first because it showed what combat was really like," Hatch said. "It shows it up close and dirty."
As the filmmaker, this marine, a combat...Full Story