Sunday, November 23, 2003


Sixty years ago last Thursday the battle for Tarawa began. My father was there as an engineer with the 98th Naval Construction Battalion putting the airfields in useable order while still under fire from the Japanese. Tom Hennessy's column in the Press Telegram this morning brought this to mind. He describes the refurbishment of the memorial that was erected a few years ago. A nice article and a worthy tribute to the men of that time.

There are some other tributes to the men of Tarawa on the web. A couple of the best are here and here.