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Private Waldean Black
Marine Detachment, USS Oklahoma
Missing in action following sinking of ship at Pearl Harbor. Declared killed in action as of 7 December.
1941-1942. Buried in common grave, Halawa or Nuuanu Naval Cemeteries, Oahu.
1948.
Exhumed and examined for identification.
1949.
Reburied in common grave, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu.
2015-2017.
Graves exhumed and remains sent for laboratory analysis.
2018.
Accounted for on 13 December.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (7 February 2019)


PFC Nicholas Joseph Gojmerac
Company Q, 4th Marine Raider Battalion
MIA at Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia, 20 July 1943.
July 1943. Last seen wounded in vicinity of Bairoko, attempting to rescue another wounded Marine.
December 1943.
Buried in New Georgia Cemetery as “Unknown Marine X-43.”
1944.
 Declared dead as of 21 July.
1945.
Buried USAF Cemetery #6, Finschhafen, as “Unknown Marine X-6.”
1947 – 1949.
Remains pending identification.
November 1949.
Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific as an unknown, Plot P Grave 1135.
2018.
Remains exhumed 20 August. Accounted for on 24 September.
Final Disposition:
Leavenworth National Cemetery, 12 April 2019.
DPAA Announcement (15 November 2018)
DPAA Press Release (17 December 2018)
Obituary
“After 75 years, World War II veteran’s remains coming home”

Private Fred Everett Freet
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried Grave #2, Division Cemetery #3 (a.k.a. 8th Marines Cemetery #2 / Betio Cemetery 27).
2015.
Cemetery located by History Flight.
2016.
Remains recovered by History Flight and turned over to DPAA.
2018.
Accounted for on 8 August.
Final Disposition:
Marion National Cemetery, 18 April 2019.
DPAA Announcement (30 October 2018)

PFC William Edward Brandenburg
Company A, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Central Division Cemetery (#33)
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-74.
1949. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific as unknown.
2018: Accounted for as of 25 September
Final Disposition:
Hickory Flat Cemetery, Hamilton, OH (27 July 2019)
DPAA Announcement (29 October 2018)

Sergeant Dwight Wade Randall
Company C, Second Amphibian Tractor Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in East Division Cemetery (#33)
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-162
1949. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot E, Grave 512.
2018: Accounted for as of 13 September.
Final Disposition:
Belmont Memorial Park, Fresno, CA (20 November 2018)
DPAA Announcement (23 October 2018)
Funeral Announcement (7 November 2018)

PFC Michael Leo Salerno
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
MIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll.
Declared killed in action as of 20 November.
1943. Buried in Cemetery 11, Betio, as an unknown.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-267
1949. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot E, Grave 219.
2018: Accounted for as of 27 September.
Final Disposition:
Saint Dominic Church Cemetery, Philadelphia, (27 April 2019)
DPAA Announcement (12 October 2018)

Sergeant Millard Odom
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Reported buried in Grave 25, Row C, East Division Cemetery.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-273
1949. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot F, Grave 1222.
2018. Accounted for as of 20 August.
Final Disposition:
Miramar National Cemetery (20 November 2018)
DPAA Announcement (4 September 2018)
“A Final Journey Home: DNA identifies Marine whose life was lost in World War II”
“Remains of Marine killed in WWII Come Home Nearly 75 Years Later”

PFC Alva Jackson Cremean
Marine Detachment, USS Oklahoma
Missing in action following sinking of ship at Pearl Harbor. Declared killed in action as of 7 December.
1941-1942. Buried in common grave, Halawa or Nuuanu Naval Cemeteries, Oahu.
1948.
Exhumed and examined for identification.
1949.
Reburied in common grave, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu.
2015-2017.
Graves exhumed and remains sent for laboratory analysis.
2018.
Identified and accounted for on 14 August.
Final Disposition:
Arbor Vitae Cemetery, Madera, CA (7 December 2018)
DPAA Announcement (4 September 2018)

PhM2c William Horace Blancheri
HQ Company, Second Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Cemetery 26, Betio Island.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Assigned X-16.
1949. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot O, Grave 280, as an unknown.
2016: Remains disinterred on 5 December and sent for analysis.
2018: Accounted for as of 14 August.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (3 June 2019)
DPAA Announcement (27 August 2018)

PFC Leonard Anthony Tyma
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
MIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll.
Declared killed in action as of 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in East Division Cemetery / “Cemetery 33”
2013. Remains exhumed by History Flight and turned over to JPAC.
2018. Accounted for as of 6 August.
Final Disposition:
St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, Niles, IL (27 April 2019)
DPAA Announcement (11 September 2018)
“I was waiting for him to come home.”

Captain Lester Albert Schade
Company I, Third Battalion, 4th Marines
Captured on Bataan, 9 April 1942, and held as a prisoner of war.
Died aboard the hellship Enoura Maru, 9 January 1945.
1945. Buried in mass grave near Takao Harbor, Formosa (Taiwan.)
1947 – 1948. Remains exhumed, assigned X-number, and shipped to Shanghai; then to Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii.
1949. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific as an unknown.
2018. Accounted for as of 26 July.
Final Disposition:
Abbotsford Cemetery, Abbotsford, WI (2019)
DPAA Announcement (28 August 2018)

Staff Sergeant Richard Joseph Murphy, Jr.
H&S Company, 6th Marines
MIA on Saipan, Mariana islands, 15 June 1944.
Official determination of death on 25 May 1945.
1944. Killed in action on Saipan. Buried in 2nd Marine Division Cemetery.
1948. Remains exhumed by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-15.
1950. Buried at Fort McKinley, Manila, Philippine Islands, as an unknown.
2011. Remains tentatively identified by WFI Research Group.
2018.
Accounted for as of 25 July.
Final Disposition:
Private cemetery in Silver Spring, MD, 1 December 2018
DPAA Announcement (28 August 2018)
Funeral Announcement (13 November 2018)

Technical Sergeant Harry Arnold “Bud” Carlsen
Company A, Second Amphibian Tractor Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in East Division Cemetery (#33)
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-82.
1949. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot F, Grave 1212.
2013. Additional remains discovered at site of Cemetery 33 by History Flight; turned over to JPAC.
2018: Accounted for as of 4 June.
Final Disposition:
Private cemetery in Elwood, Illinois, 13 October 2018
DPAA Announcement (28 August 2018)
Funeral Announcement (4 October 2018)

PFC Robert Leroy Zehetner
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in Grave 18, Row A, East Division Cemetery (#33)
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-79.
1949. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot E, Grave 523.
2018. Accounted for as of 20 June.
Final Disposition:
Florida National Cemetery, 30 November 2018
DPAA Announcement (31 July 2018)
Funeral Announcement (7 November 2018)

Corporal Claire Eulin Goldtrap
Company A, Second Amphibian Tractor Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in East Division Cemetery (#33)
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-277.
1949. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot F, Grave 565.
2018. Accounted for as of 1 June.
Final Disposition:
Rose Cemetery, Hobart, OK, 10 April 2019
DPAA Announcement (31 July 2018)

PFC Merton Raymond Riser
Company K, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
MIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in Central Division Cemetery (#26)
1946.
Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-144.
1949.
Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot F, Grave 1221.
2018.
Accounted for as of 20 June.
Final Disposition:
Roseland Cemetery, Sanborn, IN
DPAA Announcement (27 July 2018)
Funeral Announcement (21 September 2018)
“WWII Marine Brought Home To Sanborn”

PFC Robert Kimball Holmes
Marine Detachment, USS Oklahoma
KIA at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941
1941-1942. Buried in common grave, Halawa or Nuuanu Naval Cemeteries, Oahu.
1948.
Exhumed and examined for identification.
1949.
Reburied in common grave, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu.
2015-2017.
Graves exhumed and remains sent for laboratory analysis.
2018.
Identified and accounted for on 9 May
Final Disposition:
Salt Lake City Cemetery, Utah (20 August 2018)
DPAA Announcement (26 July 2018)
Obituary (The Deseret News)

PFC Paul David Gilman
Company M, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #39, Division Cemetery #3 (a.k.a. 8th Marines Cemetery #2 / Betio Cemetery 27).
2015. Cemetery located by History Flight.
2016. Remains recovered by History Flight and turned over to DPAA.
2018. Accounted for on 17 May.
Final Disposition:
Terrace Grove Cemetery, Belen, NM (26 October 2018)
DPAA Announcement (11 June 2018)
Funeral Announcement (23 October 2018)

PFC William Franklin Cavin
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried on Betio, date and location unknown.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-32
1949. National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot E, Grave 412.
2013. Additional identifying material located by History Flight.
2018: Accounted for on 2 May.
Final Disposition:
Overton Cemetery, Tazewell, TN (13 October 2018)
DPAA Announcement (3 May 2018)
Funeral Announcement (4 October 2018)

PFC Clarence Ell Drumheiser
Company D, First Battalion, 6th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943
1943. Buried in East Division Cemetery [33], Betio.
1946.
Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-25.
1949.
Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot E, Grave 135.
2018. Identified on 26 March; accounted for on 6 April.
Final Disposition:
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
DPAA Announcement (18 April 2018)
Funeral Announcement (15 November 2018)

PFC Herman Walter Mulligan, Jr.
Company L, Third Battalion, 22nd Marines
Died of wounds sustained on Okinawa, 30 May 1945.
1945. Buried in 6th Marine Division Cemetery, Okinawa, as unknown.
1948. Remains disinterred and shipped to Manila.
1949. Identification declared impossible.
1950. Buried in Manila American Cemetery as an unknown.
2018. Accounted for on 28 February.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (21 August 2018)
DPAA Announcement (7 March 2018)
Funeral Announcement (16 August 2018)
“Lost In Battle, Found By Amateur Sleuths” (New York Times)
“Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War” by Dale Maharidge (Amazon purchase link)

Second Lieutenant Harvel Lee Moore
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943.
1943. Buried in East Division Cemetery [33], Betio.
1946. Remains overlooked by 604th QMGRC.
2017. Remains located at site of Cemetery 33 by History Flight.
2018. Identified on 12 February; accounted for on 20 February.
Final Disposition:
Chatham Cemetery, Jackson Parish, LA (26 May 2018)
DPAA Announcement (22 February 2018)
Funeral Announcement (17 May 2018)

PFC Joe Lukie
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
Missing in action on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in East Division Cemetery [33], Betio.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-201.
1949. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot F, Grave 1110.
2013. Additional identifying material located by History Flight.
2017. Identified on 5 September.
2018. Accounted for on 16 February.
Final Disposition:
Oak Hill, West Virginia (27 October 2018)
DPAA Announcement (20 February 2018)
Funeral Announcement (29 October 2018)

PFC Jack Harvey Krieger
Company A, First Battalion, 18th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Grave 11, Row 1, Betio Cemetery 25.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-224.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP F 1112, on 23 March.
2013. Additional identifying material located by History Flight.
2018. Identified on 10 January; accounted for on 31 January.
Final Disposition:
Larned Cemetery, Larned KS (28 May 2018)
DPAA Announcement (1 February 2018)
Funeral Announcement (21 May 2018)

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