John l’abbe

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John L’Abbe

WWII - USMC

 
 

Story

“I was hit with a grenade in the leg. While I was down lying on the beach, a Japanese officer – I think he was a warrant officer – came. We looked at each other, and I saw he had his sword. So I put my arm over my head and rolled. He got my arm, and I grabbed it (his sword) and got him.” – John L. L’Abbe

John L’Abbe enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942, and, with the 2nd Marine Division, participated in landings on Guadalcanal and Tarawa, where he was wounded.