James O. Whitehurst

ACCOUNTED FOR

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NAME
James Ottis Whitehurst
NICKNAME
Ottis
SERVICE NUMBER
306169
UNIT
Company E
Second Battalion
8th Marines
HOME OF RECORD
Ashford, AL
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Benjamin E. Whitehurst
DATE OF BIRTH
January 11, 1923
ENTERED SERVICE
May 20, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
November 20, 1943
REGION
Gilbert Islands
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Tarawa / Betio
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC James O. Whitehurst served as a member of Company E, 8th Marines, during the battle of Betio, Tarawa atoll. He was killed in action shortly after landing on 20 November 1943, and buried in a temporary cemetery near the beach where he died. This location, known as “Cemetery 27,” was not discovered by post-war searches, and Whitehurst was declared non-recoverable.

In 2015, after years of research, non-profit organization History Flight located Cemetery 27 and exhumed over forty sets of remains – one of which was identified as James Whitehurst. He was accounted for on 4 January 2017.

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

DPAA Announcement
MEMORIALS
Cowarts Cemetery, Cowarts, AL
Honolulu Memorial

Biography coming soon.


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