William F. Cavin

ACCOUNTED FOR

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NAME
William Franklin Cavin
NICKNAME
Frank
SERVICE NUMBER
316412
UNIT
Company F
Second Battalion
8th Marines
HOME OF RECORD
Ewing, VA
NEXT OF KIN
Grandfather, Mr. Henry T. Cavin
DATE OF BIRTH
December 4, 1923
ENTERED SERVICE
August 5, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
November 20, 1943
REGION
Gilbert Islands
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Tarawa / Betio
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC William F. Cavin served as a member of Company F, 8th Marines, during the battle of Betio, Tarawa atoll. He was killed in action shortly after landing on 20 November 1943.

Cavin’s remains were reportedly buried in Row B, Grave 11 of the East Division Cemetery. However, he could not be identified using 1940s methods, and was interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific as Unknown X-32, Betio.

X-32 was exhumed in 2017, and consolidated with remains found on Betio by non-profit organization History Flight. The remains were officially identified as William Cavin on 23 April 2018.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Accounted For

DPAA Announcement
MEMORIALS
Overton Cemetery, TN
Honolulu Memorial

Biography coming soon.


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