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PFC Harry Clark Morrissey
Company B, First Battalion, 7th Marines
KIA during Third Battle of the Matanikau, Guadalcanal, 9 October 1942.
1942. Buried in the field, vicinity of Hill 73, Guadalcanal.
2011 – 2013. Three individual remains found by Honiara residents. Turned over to JPAC officials.
2017. Identified on 28 August; accounted for on 11 December.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (11 January 2018)

Private Emil Fransesco Ragucci
Company E, Second Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in [unknown location], Betio.
2013. Remains located by History Flight; turned over to JPAC officials.
2017. Identified on 13 November; accounted for on 29 November.
Final Disposition:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA (14 August 2018)
DPAA Announcement (4 December 2017)
Funeral Announcement (7 August 2018)

PFC Lyle Ellis Charpilloz
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 26.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-5.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP F 1227, on 23 March.
2014. Additional identifying material located by History Flight.
2017. Identified 26 September; accounted for on 29 November.
Final Disposition:
Belcrest Memorial Park, Salem, OR (7 April 2018)
DPAA Announcement (1 December 2017)
Funeral Announcement (27 March 2018)
“Remains of Marine killed in WWII identified….”

First Sergeant David Harvey Quinn
H&S Company, Second Amphibian Tractor Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-115.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 425, on 23 March.
2017. Identified on 7 November; accounted for on 22 November.
Final Disposition:
Miller Cemetery, Temple, NH (5 May 2018)
DPAA Announcement (29 November 2017)
Funeral Announcement (30 April 2018)
“From Tarawa to Temple”

PhM2c Thomas Jesse Murphy
Headquarters, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains overlooked by 604th QMGRC.
2017. Remains located at site of Cemetery 33 by History Flight. Identified on 14 September; accounted for on 12 October.
Final Disposition:
Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton, OH (28 May 2018)
DPAA Announcement (12 October 2017)
Funeral Announcement (21 May 2018)

PFC Arnold Junior Harrison
Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Grave #92, Row 2, Betio Cemetery 26.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-166.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP F 1118, on 23 March.
2017. Identified on 25 September; accounted for on 10 October.
Final Disposition:
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery (2 March 2018)
DPAA Announcement (20 October 2017)
Funeral Announcement (23 February 2018)

Corporal Raymond Arthur Barker
Company C, 1st Corps Tank Battalion (Medium) – “Condor”
MIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains overlooked by 604th QMGRC.
2017. Remains located at site of Cemetery 33 by History Flight. Identified 27 September; accounted for 10 October.
Final Disposition:
Spring Grove Cemetery, Delavan, WI (5 May 2018)
DPAA Announcement (17 October 2017)
Funeral Announcement (30 April 2018)
“Marine Comes Home”

Private Edwin William Jordan
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains overlooked by 604th QMGRC.
2017. Remains located at site of Cemetery 33 by History Flight. Identified on 27 September; accounted for on 10 October.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (9 April 2018)
DPAA Announcement (17 October 2017)
Funeral Announcement (2 April 2018)
“Remains of eager-to-serve North Sider have been recovered….”
Burial (video)

Sergeant Elden William Grimm
Company A, First Battalion, 18th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 25 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-150.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP F 1226, on 23 March.
2017. Identified on 26 September; accounted for on 6 October.
Final Disposition:
Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, WI (26 May 2018)
DPAA Announcement (17 October 2017)
Funeral Announcement (17 May 2018)
“Our People Never Forgot.”

Corporal John Vincent “Johnny” McNichol
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains overlooked by 604th QMGRC.
2017. Remains located at site of Cemetery 33 by History Flight. Identified on 25 September; accounted for on 6 October.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (14 May 2018)
DPAA Announcement (17 October 2017)
Funeral Announcement (7 May 2018)

PFC Albert Strange
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
MIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains overlooked by 604th QMGRC.
2017. Remains located at site of Cemetery 33 by History Flight. Identified on 18 September; accounted for on 6 October.
Final Disposition:
Cave City Cemetery, Cave City, KY (13 December 2017)
DPAA Announcement (17 October 2017)
Funeral Announcement (6 December 2017)

PFC Harold Patrick “Tidley” Hannon
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains overlooked by 604th QMGRC.
2017. Remains located at site of Cemetery 33 by History Flight. Identified 20 September; accounted for 4 October.
Final Disposition:
Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, PA (13 January 2018)
DPAA Announcement (5 October 2017)
Funeral Announcement (5 January 2018)

PFC Donald Ross Tolson
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains overlooked by 604th QMGRC.
2017. Remains located at site of Cemetery 33 by History Flight. Identified on 18 September; accounted for on 27 September.
Final Disposition:
Mount Moriah Cemetery South, Kansas City, MO (2 December 2017)
DPAA Announcement (17 October 2017)
Funeral Announcement (29 November 2017)

Private Charles Arvan Drew
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
MIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains overlooked by 604th QMGRC.
2017. Remains located at site of Cemetery 33 by History Flight. Identified 20 September; accounted for 28 September.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (11 June 2018)
DPAA Announcement (28 September 2017)
Funeral Announcement (4 June 2018)

Private John Merrill Tillman
Company F, Second Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 26.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-35.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 732, on 22 March.
2017. Identified on 5 September; accounted for on 27 September.
Final Disposition:
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (6 April 2018)
DPAA Announcement (28 September 2017)
Funeral Announcement (27 March 2018)

Second Lieutenant Elwood Ray Bailey
VMF-223
Shot down in aerial combat while intercepting a bomber raid on Henderson Field, 24 August 1942.
1942. Declared missing in action following mission out of Guadalcanal.
1943. Decleared dead as of 25 August.
2012. Wreckage of aircraft discovered near Mbarana, Guadalcanal.
2013. First JPAC expedition to site.
2015. Identifying media and remains turned over to DPAA.
2017. Accounted for as of 27 September.
Final Disposition:
Chapel Cemetery, Sandstone, MI (13 October 2018)
DPAA Announcement (28 September 2017)

PFC Francis Ernest Drake, Jr.
Company C, First Battalion, 7th Marines
KIA during Third Battle of the Matanikau, Guadalcanal, 9 October 1942.
1942. Buried in the field, vicinity of Hill 73, Guadalcanal.
2011 – 2013. Three individual remains found by Honiara residents. Turned over to JPAC officials.
2017. Identified on 28 August. Accounted for 6 October.
Final Disposition:
Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA (25 May 2018)
Silver Star citation
DPAA Announcement (17 October 2017)
Funeral Announcement (24 May 2018)

Sergeant William David Ball, Jr.
Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
Missing in action on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1944. Declared killed in action as of 21 November.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-89.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 522, on 22 March.
2017. Identified 26 July; accounted for on 13 September.
Final Disposition:
Bakersfield National Cemetery, Arvin, CA (20 November 2017)
DPAA Announcement (13 September 2017)
Funeral Announcement (14 November 2017)
“WWII MIA Comes Home For Long Delayed Honors”

Private George Frank Patrick
Company D, First Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 26.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-100.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 410, on 22 March.
2017. Identified on 30 August; accounted for on 1 September.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (8 September 2017)

PFC Harold Vernon “Buddy” Thomas
Company F, Second Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 26.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-87.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP F 1004, on 23 March.
2017. Identified on 28 August; accounted for on 31 August.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (7 May 2018)
DPAA Announcement (14 September 2017)
Funeral Announcement (1 May 2018)

PFC Manuel Menendez
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-168.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP F 1112, on 23 March.
2017. Identified on 28 August; accounted for on 30 August.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (22 March 2018)
DPAA Announcement (8 September 2017)
Funeral Announcement (15 March 2018)

Assistant Cook Frank Louis Masoni
Headquarters Company, Second Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-210.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 846, on 22 March.
2017. Identified on 28 August; accounted for on 29 August.
Final Disposition:
Gavian Hills Memorial Cemetery, Gilroy, CA (18 November 2017)
DPAA Announcement (8 September 2017)
Funeral Announcement (9 November 2017)

Private Vernon Paul Keaton
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.
2017.
Identified and accounted for on 24 August.
Final Disposition:
Lula Cemetery, Lula, OK (16 November 2017)
DPAA Announcement (5 September 2017)
Funeral Announcement (9 November 2017)

Private Joseph Carmine Carbone
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-206.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 748, on 22 March.
2017. Identified 10 July; accounted for on 21 July.
Final Disposition:
Calvary Cemetery, Queens, NY (30 September 2017)
DPAA Announcement (21 July 2017)
Funeral Announcement (22 September 2017)

Private Alberic Maurice “Bricky” Blanchette
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
MIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-153.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 136, on 23 March.
2017. Identified 12 July; accounted for on 21 July.
Final Disposition:
Holy Rosary Cemetery, Caribou, ME (18 September 2017)
DPAA Announcement (21 July 2017)
Funeral Announcement (11 September 2017)

Corporal Anthony George Guerriero
Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-49.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 64, on 23 March.
2017. Identified on 20 June; accounted for on 11 July.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (14 November 2017)
DPAA Announcement (14 July 2017)
Funeral Announcement (9 November 2017)

Corporal Raymond Clark Snapp
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 11.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-275.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 733, on 22 March.
2017. Identified 15 June; accounted for on 11 July.
Final Disposition:
Northwest Louisiana Veteran’s Cemetery (15 September 2017)
DPAA Announcement (14 July 2017)
DPAA Funeral Announcement (8 September 2017)
Obituary
“Finally home: Marine killed 74 years ago laid to rest.”
“WWII Marine’s identity discovered after 70 years.”

PFC George Bernard Murray
Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains overlooked by 604th QMGRC.
2010. Remains turned over to JPAC by Kiribati National Police.
2017. Identified on 6 June; accounted for on 19 June.
Final Disposition:
Arroyo Grande Cemetery, California (18 August 2017)
DPAA Announcement (20 June 2017)
Funeral Announcement (11 August 2017)
“Family Waiting for WWII Soldier’s Return from Tarawa” (2011)
“WWII Marine’s Remains Are Coming Home To Oceano” (2017)

PFC Ray James
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-163.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 638, on 22 March.
2017. Identified on 7 June; accounted for on 13 June.
Final Disposition:
Bethany Cemetery, Sylvarena, MS (22 September 2017)
DPAA Announcement (19 June 2017)
DPAA Funeral Announcement (15 September 2017)
Obituary
“After nearly 74 years, Marine laid to rest in Sylvarena”
“WWII service member buried in his Mississippi hometown”

Private Archie William Newell
Company C, Second Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division
MIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 26.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-44.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 738, on 22 March.
2017. Identified on 6 June; accounted for on 12 June.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (8 December 2017)
DPAA Announcement (19 June 2017)
Funeral Announcement (1 December 2017)

PFC Sam John Kourkos
Company M, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-116.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 410, on 22 March.
2016. Identified on 6 December.
2017. Accounted for on 9 May.
Final Disposition:
Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence, KS (9 December 2017)
DPAA Announcement (19 May 2017)
Funeral Announcement (1 December 2017)

Corporal Henry Andregg, Jr.
Company C, Second Amphibian Tractor Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Betio Cemetery #26, November 1943.
1947. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-3.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 621, on 22 March.
2017. Accounted for on 19 May.
Final Disposition:
Chattanooga National Cemetery (25 August 2017)
DPAA Announcement (19 May 2017)
DPAA Press Release (23 August 2017)
Obituary (23 August 2017)
“Marine Veteran to return home after nearly 75 years.”
“WWII Marine killed at Tarawa finally makes way home.”

Second Lieutenant George Stanley Bussa
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #40, 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.
2017. Identified on 4 April; accounted for on 21 April.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (10 October 2017)
DPAA Announcement (21 April 2017)
Funeral Announcement (3 October 2017)

PFC Jack Junior Fox
Company L, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-117.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP E 483, on 22 March.
2016. Identified on 6 December.
2017. Accounted for on 21 March.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (4 April 2017)

Private Donald Samuel Spayd
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried [grave number unknown], Division Cemetery #3 (a.k.a. 8th Marines Cemetery #2 / Betio Cemetery 27).
2015. Cemetery located by History Flight; remains turned over to DPAA officials.
2017. Identified on 9 March; accounted for on 16 March.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (13 September 2017)
DPAA Announcement (17 March 2017)
Funeral Announcement (8 September 2017)

Captain James Wentworth Boyden
VMTB-233
Pilot of TBF-1C 24264.
Missing in action from strike on Simpson Harbor, Rabaul on 14 February 1944.
Declared dead 15 February 1945.
Wreck of aircraft discovered in Simpson Harbor, 1980.
Site investigated and remains recovered 2015 – 2016.
Accounted for 3 March 2017.
Final Disposition:
Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA (4 May 2017)
DPAA News Release (27 March 2017)
Funeral Announcement (28 April 2017)
History of the crash site (via Pacific Wrecks)

Second Lieutenant Harry Hamilton Gaver
Marine Detachment, USS Oklahoma
KIA at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.
Buried as an unknown, NMCP, Honolulu, 1941.
Accounted for 1 March, 2017.
Final Disposition:
To be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, 24 July 2019.
 DPAA Announcement (5 May 2017)

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Corporal Walter George Critchley
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #4, Division Cemetery #3 (a.k.a. 8th Marines Cemetery #2 / Betio Cemetery 27).
2015. Cemetery located by History Flight; remains turned over to DPAA officials.
2016. Identified on 18 August.
2017. Accounted for on 4 January.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (18 October 2017)
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)
Funeral Announcement (11 October 2017)

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Gunnery Sergeant Sidney Asa Cook
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #24, Division Cemetery #3 (a.k.a. 8th Marines Cemetery #2 / Betio Cemetery 27).
2015. Cemetery located by History Flight; remains turned over to DPAA officials.
2016. Identified on 11 August.
2017. Accounted for on 4 January.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (6 September 2017)
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)
Funeral Announcement (31 August 2017)

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PFC Larry Ronald Roberts
Special Weapons Group, Second Defense Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 25 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #3, Row B, Division Cemetery #3 (a.k.a. 8th Marines Cemetery #2 / Betio Cemetery 27).
2015. Cemetery located by History Flight; remains turned over to DPAA officials. Identified on 21 December
2016. Identified on 16 August.
2017. Accounted for on 4 January.
Final Disposition:
Arlington National Cemetery (14 June 2017)
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)
Funeral Announcement (7 June 2017)

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PFC James Ottis Whitehurst
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried [grave number unknown] Division Cemetery #3 (a.k.a. 8th Marines Cemetery #2 / Betio Cemetery 27).
2015. Cemetery located by History Flight; remains turned over to DPAA officials.
2016. Identified on 11 August.
2017. Accounted for on 4 January.
Final Disposition:
Cowarts Cemetery, Cowarts, AL (12 April 2017)
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)
Funeral Announcement (5 April 2017)
Obituary
“Remains of Marine killed during WWII being returned to Ashford”
“Marine recalls experience escorting fallen WWII vet home”
“Missing WWII Marine makes final journey home”

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Second Lieutenant Ernest Albert Matthews, Jr.
HQ Company, HQ Battalion, 2nd Marine Division
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried [grave number unknown], Division Cemetery #3 (a.k.a. 8th Marines Cemetery #2 / Betio Cemetery 27).
2015. Cemetery located by History Flight; remains turned over to DPAA officials.
2016. Identified on 30 June 2016.
2017. Accounted for on 4 January.
Final Disposition:
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)

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