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Some of the letters and comments received by Dr. Donald K. Allen about his book, "Tarawa -- The Aftermath."

"I read the book from cover to cover with complete interest and found it most difficult to put down. I didn't know anything about the area except it was a small South Pacific island that the Japanese held and that we were to capture and hold. Whatever happened to it after we left was a total mystery until you called and we talked a bit -- and then came the book. GREAT!" Art Thrall, USN ACORN 14
"Congratulations and a tip of the hat on the publication of such a valuable history book!" Col. Joseph Alexander, USMC (Ret.), author of "Utmost Savagery"
"The Marines from 2nd Marine Division who fought in the Pacific were a brave and proud group. Our country is still indebted to them!" Maj. Gen. John F. Sattler, Commanding General, 2nd Marine Division
"Beyond my expectations! You did all of us proud!" Jack Ayvadian, CBMU 549

"Terrific, outstanding. What a tremendous job of research you did; my hat is off to you. Thinking back to Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Saipan-Tinian, I remember every day how fortunate I am to be alive. Thank you from this old Marine, for putting forth this tremendous project to help teach the American people, particularly the younger generation, that Freedom is not free. And the real heroes are the guys that gave their lives for that freedom. Semper Fi." Herb Deighton, USMC

"As a former commanding officer of Third Battalion, Second Marines (the Betio Battalion), I have long been interested in Tarawa, Operation Galvanic and Green Beach. Thank you for remembering those who served in World War II. Their sacrifices kept the United States free and we all remain in their debt. Your book is special because you helped us remember, as well as learn about the modern day Republic of Kiribati." Donald R. Gardner, Maj. Gen., USMC (Ret.), CEO Marine Corps University Foundation
"I so enjoyed reading the book -- and I can assure you that it was indeed a true learning experience. The history of 'the aftermath' -- the days, the months through the remainder of the war -- is unique, and someday soon will earn the recognition it so deserves. Joining the Seabees in December of 1942 and being discharged in January of 1946 (at ages 17 to 20 years, the time span between) transformed my life like no other period. I'm sure it was the same for so many others. Your book is an excellent account of those years." Anthony J. Dennis, Senior Judge (Ret.), District Court of the State of Rhode Island

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