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FM1c Warren Gordon Nelson
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #38, 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. Identified on 11 August; accounted for on 10 October.
Lakota cemetery, Lakota, ND (10 June 2017)
DPAA Announcement (6 October 2016)
Obituary from the Grand Forks Herald

PFC James Samuel Smith
Company C, Second Amphibian Tractor Battalion
MIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Betio Cemetery 25.
1944. Declared killed in action as of 21 November.
1946. Remains overlooked by 604th QMGRC.
2012. Cemetery site located by History Flight.
2013. Remains turned over to JPAC officials.
2016. Identified 13 June; accounted for on 6 September.
Liberty Cemetery, Liberty MS (17 October 2016)
DPAA Announcement (8 September 2016)
News Release (11 October 2016)
Obituary
“KIA WWII Mississippi Marine to be buried Monday”
“WWII veteran’s remains now home in Liberty, MS”

PFC Nicholas John Cancilla
Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Betio Cemetery 25.
1946. Remains overlooked by 604th QMGRC.
2012. Cemetery site located by History Flight.
2013. Remains turned over to JPAC officials.
2016. Identified 26 April; accounted for on 8 September.
Calvary Cemetery, Altoona, PA (7 November 2016)
DPAA Announcement (8 September 2016)
“Memorial pays homage to city’s war casualties”
“Coming Home: Altoona Marine fought, died in 1943 battle”
“Unaccounted for WWII veteran’s remains returning to Altoona”

Sergeant James Joseph Hubert
Company H, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #2, 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.
2016. Identified on 29 January; accounted for on 1 September.
Calvary Cemetery, Duluth, MN (15 July 2017)
DPAA News Release (7 July 2017)
Family Tribute, JamesJosephHubert.com
“Remains Of Missing Duluth Marine Found”
“Long Lost Duluth Marine Returns to Minnesota”
“Duluth Marine, Sgt. Hubert, Is Finally Home”

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PFC Ben Hadden Gore
Special Weapons Group, Second Defense Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 25 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #4, 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. Accounted for on 1 September.
Riverside Cemetery, Hopkinsville, KY (14 November 2016)
DPAA News Release (7 November 2016)
“After 73 years, local soldier comes home”
“Marine will finally be laid to rest after 70 years”

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PFC John William MacDonald
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #22, 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 13 June; accounted for on 1 September.
Massachusetts National Cemetery (22 June 2018)
DPAA News Release (pending)
Funeral Announcement (15 June 2018)

moore_fv Sergeant Fae Verlin Moore
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #23, 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 14 March; accounted for on 9 August.
Beaver Valley Cemetery, Chadron, NE (6 October 2016)
Obituary
DPAA News Release (10 August 2016)
“Return to Beaver Valley: The story of Marine Sgt. Fae Moore.”
“Chadron Marine killed in WWII comes home.”

mattern_wc PFC Wilbur Clyde Mattern
Company M, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #30, 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 19 December.
2016. Accounted for on 10 August.
Arlington National Cemetery (21 November 2016)
DPAA News Release (10 August 2016)

penna_ff Private Frank Francis Penna
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #5, 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 5 April; accounted for on 19 June.
Saint Agatha Cemetery, Canastota, NY (17 September 2016)
DPAA News Release (8 August 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
“Body of Canastota Marine killed in WWII returns home after 70 years”

brisbane_hp Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Howard Pascal Brisbane
Headquarters Company, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #14, 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 29 January; accounted for 2 June.
Arlington National Cemetery (9 June 2017)
DPAA News Release (2 June 2017)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
“Terrible Tide at Tarawa” – interview with Stan Bowen
“LA WWII Veteran will be laid to rest in Arlington”

traver_gh PFC George Harry Traver
Company K, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #9, 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 1 October.
2016. Identified on 22 February; accounted for on 24 May.
Chatham Rural Cemetery, Chatham, NY
Obituary
DPAA News Release
“WWII Marine’s remains coming home to Chatham”

Private Emmett Leonard Kines
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #16, 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 1 February; accounted for on 8 May.
West Virginia National Cemetery (19 September 2016)
DPAA News Release (8 August 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release

oetjen_CE PFC Charles Edward Oetjen
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #6, 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 19 December.
2016. Accounted for on 6 May.
First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Alsip, IL
Obituary
DPAA News Release (22 July 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
“7 Decades Later, WWII Marine Charles Oetjen buried in Alsip”
“Blue Island welcomes home Marine killed in World War II”

mansfield_jf PFC James Francis Mansfield
Company K, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #48 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 23 December.
2016. Accounted for on 6 May.
Vine Hills Cemetery, Plymouth, MA
Obituary
DPAA News Release (19 August 2016)
“Plymouth Marine killed in WWII finally coming home”
“PFC James Mansfield is coming home – 73 years later”

tye_hk Private Harry Kay Tye
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #13, 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 18 December
2016. Accounted for on 6 May.
Arlington National Cemetery (28 March 2017)
DPAA News Release (21 March 2017)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release

schaede_re PFC Roland Everett Schaede
Company M, Third Battalion, 8th Marines,
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
943. Buried Grave #31, 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 19 December.
2016. Accounted for on 6 May.
Union Cemetery, St. Charles, IL (14 September 2017)
DPAA News Release (pending)
Funeral Announcement (11 September 2017)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
History Flight “Cemetery 27” profile

haraldson_PS Private Palmer Sherman Haraldson
Company C, First Battalion, 6th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #3, 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 19 December.
2016. Accounted for on 25 April.
Fort Dodge Memorial Park, Fort Dodge, IA
Obituary
DPAA News Release (15 June 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
Graveside Service (video)
“Remains of WWII Marine returning to Fort Dodge”
“Family welcomes home WWII Marine 73 years after death”
“Long-lost remains of Lincoln native to be buried at last”

PFC John Saini
Company H, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
943. Buried Grave #27, 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 19 December.
2016. Accounted for on 23 April.
Oak Mound Cemetery, Heraldsburg, CA
DPAA News Release (3 June 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
“Lost for 73 years, John Saini coming home to Heraldsburg”
“Heraldsburg Marine John Saini brought home 73 years after WWII battle”

johnson_jb PFC James Bernard Johnson
Company K, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #7, 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 19 December.
2016. Accounted for on 18 April.
Arlington National Cemetery
DPAA News Release (24 May 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
Funeral video by Patrick J. Hughes
“After 70 years, WWII Marine buried in Arlington”
“Coincidence leads to an Arlington burial for WWII Marine”

geddes_DR Private Dale Robert Geddes
Company H, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #28, 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 23 December.
2016. Accounted for on 14 April.
Grand Island Cemetery, Grand Island, NE
Obituary
DPAA News Release (15 August 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
“Our Boy Is Coming Home”

vosmer_rw PFC Ronald William Vosmer
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #18, 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 1 October.
2016. Identified on 3 February; accounted for on 12 April.Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #18, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 12 April, 2016.
Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO (8 October 2016)
DPAA News Release (8 August 2016)
Funeral Announcement (30 September 2016)

brozyna_a PFC Anthony Brozyna
Company G, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #11, 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 1 October.
2016. Accounted for on 6 April.
Arlington National Cemetery
Obituary
DPAA News Release (24 August 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
Funeral Video by Patrick J. Hughes
“Hartford Marine Killed in 1943 to Be Buried at Arlington Today”

prince_jf PFC John Frederick “Jack” Prince
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #10, 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 20 November.
2016. Accounted for on 29 January.
Calverton National Cemetery
Obituary
DPAA News Release (10 June 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
“When Jack Came Home”
“Queens Marine… gets heroic homecoming”
“LI World War II Marine’s body has returned home”

holladay_jc Sergeant John Charlton Holladay
Company B, First Raider Battalion
Killed by a sniper in the battle of Bairoko, 20 July 1943.
Not recovered after the battle. Logging operations cleared the battlefield.
Remains found by local man, Timothy Fanai, and delivered to DPAA in February, 2015.
Accounted for 24 February, 2016.
Florence National Cemetery, Florence, SC
DPAA News Release (28 March 2016)
Obituary
Military News article about recovery
WMBF News

mathies_el PFC Elmer Lewis “Rabbit” Mathies, Jr.
Headquarters Company, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #10, 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 29 January; accounted for on 20 May.
West Park Cemetery, Hereford, TX
Obituary
DPAA News Release (20 May 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
Interview with Col. Elwin Hart
“’Find Rabbit’”
“Mission Accomplished”