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    United Press International Nov. 4, 2007
    Tarawa battle site focus of cleanup

    WASHINGTON -- The site of one of the bloodiest Pacific campaigns during World War II is the focus of one U.S. man's effort to make the atoll suitable for memorial. Leon Cooper, who at 23 ferried U.S. Marines from the USS Harry Lee to the Pacific atoll of Tarawa in 1943, is seeking to restore the trash-laden beaches to more suitable conditions to memorialize the combat deaths during the battle of "Bloody Tarawa," The Washington Times reported Sunday. More than 1,000 Marines lost their lives and nearly 2,200 were wounded in the battle, which began on Nov. 20, 1943. Now, the hallowed ground is strewn with trash as the atolls' Republic of Kiribati faces limited space to dispose of its refuse. "Where there were once hundreds of Marines, there are now millions of plastic bags, crushed paper boxes and crumpled cans. This is sacred ground, not a dumping ground," Cooper, 87, told the Times.

    The New Zealand branch of Greenpeace, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Harry A. Waxman, D-Calif., expressed support for Cooper's efforts.

    Waxman suggested the 2nd Marine Division deploy to the Tarawa beach on cleanup detail.
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    That's a really good use for the Marines
    But what would you expect from Henry Waxman?
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    • #3
      Waxman's vast knowledge of military subjects apparently does not extend even to the knowledge that 2 MARDIV is in Iraq right now.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Janos View Post
        Waxman's vast knowledge of military subjects apparently does not extend even to the knowledge that 2 MARDIV is in Iraq right now.
        Nor the fact that it is an east coast based unit and does not routinely float around the Pacific in amphibs.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by dhuffjr View Post
          Nor the fact that it is an east coast based unit and does not routinely float around the Pacific in amphibs.
          yep...but he doesn't know anything else, why would he know that?
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          • #6
            its sad it needs cleaned up bit why should the marines do it ? .. its up to the locals to do that ,its their mess they should clean it up and have better ways to dispose of their trash ,they owe the US marines and the other allies of ww2a debt for their freedom so they should do it ..

            rant over..
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            • #7
              Originally posted by thomas.tmcc View Post
              its sad it needs cleaned up bit why should the marines do it ? .. its up to the locals to do that ,its their mess they should clean it up and have better ways to dispose of their trash ,they owe the US marines and the other allies of ww2a debt for their freedom so they should do it ..

              rant over..
              Because there are some goobers in Washington who think that's the only valid use for the Armed Forces...and those two are two of them.

              EDIT: Apologies -- had not intended for this to get political.
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              • #8
                janos its no politics its health and safety ...
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                • #9
                  Before we start worrying about battlefields out side of Conus I think we have more than enough work within the States of taking care of ACW sites. While what is happening to Tarawa is sad, it still is their island. What part of Tarawa should we set aside for a memorial? Surely not the whole island. Or?
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                  • #10
                    An expanded article can be found at http://www.topix.com/content/trb/403...18631195758044, but it doesn't address how much of the island would be a monument or what it would be or look like.
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