WWII Veteran Honors Memory of His Fallen Countryman in New Book

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In his Foreword, Ed Harris, movie great, says “the title character is based on a real live, vital young man who was one of the fallen, a fellow serviceman whose name has been changed. Lamb’s story has haunted Leon throughout his life. Who was this man? What had his life been before it was taken from him? What were his dreams? His hopes? Private Lamb is thus a personal symbol for Leon of all those who lost their lives, not only in Tarawa, but in all of the wars ever fought.”

"Remembering Private Lamb" by Leon Cooper

Private Lamb is a personal symbol for Leon of all those who lost their lives, not only in Tarawa, but in all of the wars ever fought.

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Remembering Private Lamb,” a new novel written by WWII veteran Leon Cooper, is based on one of his war-time experiences.

In the novel, Cooper decides that Lamb’s remains are best left in the old battlefield, where he died. The remains of the Japanese officer are exhumed from Lamb’s grave. Like evil Ahab of the Bible, his bones are chewed upon by dogs, then tossed into a furnace.

In his Foreword, Ed Harris, movie great, says “the title character is based on a real live, vital young man who was one of the fallen, a fellow serviceman whose name has been changed. Lamb’s story has haunted Leon throughout his life. Who was this man? What had his life been before it was taken from him? What were his dreams? His hopes? Private Lamb is thus a personal symbol for Leon of all those who lost their lives, not only in Tarawa, but in all of the wars ever fought.”

Cooper goes to Tokyo to clear up the mystery of a Japanese officer buried in Lamb’s grave. While there, he falls in love with a Japanese widow and quickly finds his life—and his bride’s--caught up in a campaign, passionately fought and fiercely resisted, to make Japan apologize for its war crimes.

In solving the mystery, Cooper takes us to:

  • An old Pacific battleground;
  • A controversial Japanese shrine;
  • A Japanese courtroom;
  • A storied New England town.

Cooper solves the mystery. The Japanese officer, his bride’s father, is the monster who commanded “The Rape of Nanking” and other horrors.

Cooper solves another mystery. Why did Private Lamb engage in utterly reckless behavior—his medal cited “extraordinary bravery and valor”-- during the battle of Tarawa, finally resulting in his death?

“Remembering Private Lamb” is available online at Amazon, at Barnes & Noble and at other outlets.

Paperback. 215 pages. Price $14.95. Published 2011.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leon Cooper was a “90 Day Wonder,” a WWII volunteer who received his commission in 90 days. Three of his four years’ Navy service were in the Pacific. He was a landing craft officer, Boat Group Commander for his ship, taking part in six major invasions, landing assault troops on the beaches of the enemy-held strongholds of Tarawa, Kwajelein, New Guinea, Guam, Philippines and Iwo Jima.

Cooper was the CEO and also the CFO of major corporations. During a ten-year period his marketing company sold his patented products throughout the world. He is now a film producer, screen writer and a published author of three books about the Pacific War. A widower and father of five children, he lives in Malibu, California.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois and did graduate studies at the University of Michigan.

MEDIA CONTACT for review copies and interviews:
Leon Cooper
leoncooper(at)verizon(dot)net
310-457-2832
http://www.rememberingprivatelamb.net

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