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Our Legacy: John L’Abbe, Battle of Tarawa hero

Story by 1LT Sarah Burns
Date Posted:01.14.2015 15:06

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - “I was hit with a grenade in the leg. While I was down lying on the beach, a Japanese officer – I think he was a warrant officer – came. We looked at each other, and I saw he had his sword. So I put my arm over my head and rolled. He got my arm, and I grabbed it (his sword) and got him.” – John L. L’Abbe

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