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2012

7 Accounted For


sisney_JA Technical Sergeant James Austin Sisney
VMB-243; radio technician. Flying with crew of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment.
Official (individual) identification announced on 9 May 2012.
Golden Gate National Cemetery
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile

lallathin_LA 1Lt. Laverne Artell Lallathin
VMB-243; pilot of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment.
Official (individual) identification announced on 7 May 2012.
Individual grave at Arlington National Cemetery
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile


ekstam_DD 2Lt. Dwight Dale Ekstam
VMB-243; copilot of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment.
Official (individual) identification announced on 28 March 2012.
Rock Island National Cemetery
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile

donovan_JA Cpl. John Albert Donovan
VMB-243; radio operator of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment.
Official (individual) identification announced on 16 March 2012.
Old St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Ann Arbor, MI
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile

yeager_JD Cpl. John Daniel Yeager
VMB-243; tail gunner of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment.
Official (individual) identification announced on 14 March 2012.
St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lower Burrell, PA
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile

erickson_W Cpl. Wayne Richard Erickson
VMB-243; engineer/turret gunner of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment.
Official (individual) identification announced on 7 March 2012.
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile

vincent_WB 2Lt. Walter Burt Vincent, Jr.
VMB-243; navigator/bombardier of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment.
Official (individual) identification announced on 6 March 2012.
Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, OK
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile