Coming Home….

| July 19, 2019

In this Wednesday, July 17, 2019, photo, service members and guests stand as

In this Wednesday, July 17, 2019, photo, service members and guests stand as “Taps” is played over transfer cases carrying the possible remains of unidentified service members lost in the Battle of Tarawa during World War II in a hangar at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. (Sgt. Jacqueline Clifford/Marine Corps via AP)

HONOLULU — The U.S. military has brought back the remains of more than 20 servicemen killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

The remains are among those discovered in March by History Flight, a nonprofit organization that searches for the remains of U.S. servicemen lost in past conflicts.

They’re believed to belong to Marines and sailors from the 6th Marine Regiment who were killed during the last night of the three-day Battle of Tarawa.  – Article

As Hondo advises us when remains are finally identified, DPAA will likely be working on identifying them. There were over 6,000 Americans, Koreans, and Japanese killed in combat on Tarawa.

Welcome home, one and all.

Category: Blue Skies, Historical

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    The Lame Stream Media can dedicate several minutes on the national news broadcast to talk about the ONE picture of President Trump at a party where a known pedophile was in attendance, but can’t dedicate a 30 second spot to returning Warriors? WTF???

    Welcome Home Warriors! Slow Hand Salute.

    Thanks for the Post Ex, it is appreciated by many.


  2. Comm Center Rat says:

    The Marine Corps Times linked article has some powerful photos of young Marines carrying transfer cases at this solemn, dignified ceremony for the Tarawa warriors – gives me goosebumps and appreciation for the continuing work of DPAA.

  3. FuzeVT says:

    Hard to believe how many people can be lost on such a small island. From what I read, those that died were buried hastily – understandable in the heat. Not too much later, pressure was put on those repairing/ improving the airstrip and the graves were bulldozed. No judgement there, who knows what happened – they were to be moved but weren’t, perhaps. Fog/ exigencies of war, whatever. I’m just glad that there are people still care enough to search for them and bring them home. It was always a comfort to me that people would care that much about me if I had died.

    • FuzeVT says:

      Guess I should have read the linked story. They discuss the circumstances that lead to the loss of the bodies.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        I ALWAYS click on the linkys. And then I’ll click on the other linkys that may tie to the main story. Doing so adds so much to the breadth of the core info. Ex does an outstanding job of adding those, along with the other posters.

        I do have several advantages in the highest grade of firewall protection, a real keyboard with screen Chromebook, and on a lot of days, nothing but time on my hands. I have been slightly crazy for a number of decades now. TAH has kept me from going insane. Some days, I do need more supervision. Just ask AnotherPat or EX-PH2. AW1Ed may chime in on that subject also.


        • FuzeVT says:

          Well said. I still have to schlep to work (albeit a good one at a great company) so I don’t have as much readin’ time as I would like!

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Here’s one of the Marines who died in the fighting in the Tarawa Atoll, on the island of Betio.

  5. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.