Former U.S. naval officer Leon Cooper returns to Tarawa, site of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, for the first time since 1943. He discovers that "Red Beach" has since become a garbage dump, despite the presence of live ammunition and the remains of hundreds of American soldiers. Cooper mounts a campaign to clean up the area and have it preserved as a memorial to the 2nd Division U.S. Marines.
The information below has been drawn from sources outside of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. In most instances, the information will be from sources that have not been peer reviewed by scholarly or research communities. Please report cases in which the information is inaccurate through the Contact Us link below.