Marines to honor sailor who worked for decades to bring WWII remains back to US
The Marine Corps will present a flag Saturday to the family of a Navy landing craft commander who ferried troops to Tarawa and dedicated his final years to repatriating the remains of fallen comrades.
Memories of Tarawa and other Pacific World War II battlegrounds haunted Leon Cooper, 98, who died after a fall on Nov. 16 in Malibu, Calif., said his daughter, Jeanie Cooper, 57, of San Jose.
A group of Marines will present an American flag to the fallen sailor’s youngest son, Bill Cooper, 47, during a “celebration of life” ceremony at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, she said.
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