Marines to honor sailor who worked for decades to bring WWII remains back to US

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The Marine Corps will present a flag to the family of World War II veteran Leon Cooper, who dedicated his final years to repatriating the remains of his fallen comrades. (JAMES KIMBER/STARS AND STRIPES)
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The Marine Corps will present a flag to the family of World War II veteran Leon Cooper, who dedicated his final years to repatriating the remains of his fallen comrades. (JAMES KIMBER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Marines to honor sailor who worked for decades to bring WWII remains back to US

by: Seth Robson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: April 14, 2018

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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