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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.
Final Disposition:
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.
Final Disposition:
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.
Final Disposition:
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.
Final Disposition:
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.
Final Disposition:
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.
Final Disposition:
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.
Final Disposition:
Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, OK
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile

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