Return to Tarawa

Categories: Documentary, Politics, War, History
47min | 2009
The story of Leon Cooper's -- World War II veteran and American original -- return to "Red Beach". Cooper, a veteran of the battle of "Bloody Tarawa," returned to Tarawa in February 2008 in order to learn more about reports he had read about garbage on the fabled "Red Beach."

In November 1943, Leon, a US Navy landing craft officer, helped launch the first major amphibious assault on a Central Pacific Japanese stronghold. Leon is dismayed to discover that this hallowed ground is strewn with garbage rotting in the sun, a painful insult to the sacrifice his fellow marines made for their country, during one of the bloodiest three-day battles in American war history.

Cooper's trip is full of wonder, anger, amazement and divine providence as he and film maker Steven C. Barber visit what Leon suspects to be the graves of hundreds of Marines still buried on Tarawa. Follow Leon Cooper's trip back in time, as narrated by Oscar-nominated actor, Ed Harris. A story of redemption and passion that will move you to tears.

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Topics: Veterans, Military, War, World War II Veterans, World War II, Memorial Day 2012, Biography, American, Marines, Redemption, Regrets, Crime, Ed Harris, American History
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Susan Ahern
Susan Ahern
November 11, 2014
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Alfonso Ponce
Alfonso Ponce
March 11, 2014
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Justus
Justus
February 15, 2014
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wallace gene
wallace gene
December 18, 2013
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Andy K
Andy K
December 11, 2013
B-
It was interesting yet took too long to present what they had to say. I read "The Sex Lives of Cannibals" J. Maarten Troost which was about his two years living on Tarawa in the early 2000's. That book shows how the battle for Tarawa seems almost like trivia for Tarawa today. I think the movie could have pointed that out more. On another note though the observation of the veteran that what he remembers may not even have happened, is such a stark statement about memory, remembrance, and its meaning.
W 'ModisH'
W 'ModisH'
November 11, 2013
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Renee Gagnon Klaus
Renee Gagnon Klaus
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Patrick
October 7, 2013
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Nikola Milosevic
Nikola Milosevic
August 29, 2013
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