Heart-breakingly ferocious, the Battle of Tarawa, an atoll in the Gilbert Islands the first American offensive

in the central Pacific region, reminds me of Walt Whitman’s Civil War poem:

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  The moon gives you light, 

And the bugles and the drums give you music,

And my heart,

O my soldiers, my veterans,

   My heart gives you love.

Walt Whitman

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