I've been reading everything I can get my hands on about WWII, the last year or so. Tarawa was one of the nastier Pacific battles, especially because it was the first time the Japanese tried seriously to deny an American landing. The film that was sent back to the States, and shown in movie theaters between features, shocked and horrified the country. The exact film that was shown is available on youtube, if you want to review.
I took a break from the WWII stuff recently, and read Marcus Luttrell's account of his childhood in Texas, his experience in Navy SEAL training, and then his deployment in Afghanistan. It's a scary ride!
Then, I was looking up Luttrell online, to see what he was up to lately, and came across the sad story of his dog being executed by vile teenaged scumbags. Truly disturbing. I don't know how he kept from killing one or more of them.