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Remains of American Marines Recovered on Tarawa Atoll 2015

Article about: Remains of American Marines Recovered on Tarawa Atoll - Archaeology Magazine Friday, July 10, 2015 BETIO ISLAND, TARAWA ATOLL—The remains of 36 American Marines have been recovered on Tarawa

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    Remains of American Marines Recovered on Tarawa Atoll - Archaeology Magazine

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    BETIO ISLAND, TARAWA ATOLL—The remains of 36 American Marines have been recovered on Tarawa, an atoll in the Pacific Ocean where more than 1,600 U.S. troops and more than 4,500 Japanese troops died in the three-day Battle of Tarawa in 1943. The search was coordinated by History Flight, a Florida charity dedicated to returning the remains of fallen soldiers to their families. Among the Americans was First Lieutenant Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman, Jr., a Medal of Honor recipient who died on the second day of the battle, but it wasn’t known where he had been buried.
    Bonnyman’s grandson joined the archaeological expedition to the Republic of Kiribati to look for his grandfather’s remains. “I’ve been to Tarawa five times, I’ve dug holes in the sand, I’ve sifted sand, I’ve washed bones in the lab, I’ve called families asking for DNA samples and honestly we agreed that this is a needle in a haystack. So I was well and truly floored when I got a call saying they felt they had discovered cemetery 27 because if it was 27 then there was every indication we would find my grandfather,” Clay Bonnyman Evans told Radio New Zealand. Dental records were used to make the final identification of 1st Lt. Bonnyman. To read more, go to "Archaeology of World War II."
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    A needle in a haystack found ..Nice Post Trond. This type of operation can bring closure to many families. Regards Larry
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    Semper fi

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    Thank You TrondK.
    Tawara was one of the lessons that all Marines are taught in boot camp and why they need to learn to swim. They attacked at low tide but the Higgins Boat were not able to make it over the corral reef. The Marines had to get out with full battle packs and wade ashore several hundred yards. A lot of the casualties were drownings.
    That is a Fantastic story and I'm glad that they were able to finally bring them home.
    SEMPER FI DEVIL DOGS and RIP
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    Semper Fi...Deserving of some Chest Candy...Ooh Rah!
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    Saw this on the tv news here this morning, a fantastic find that should bring a great deal of comfort for those left alive that remember these blokes personally. Great stuff!

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    Time for the boys to come Home..
    William

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    Quote by Wagriff View Post
    Time for the boys to come Home..
    Agree 1000%!It is time for some closure for the families that were just told their loved ones were KIA but also MIA. I am a little surprised that the cemetery(#27) was not recorded/known and the bodies were not exhumed when the hostilities ended. It is a long time to wait for this to come to an end and the subsequent generation to have closure.
    Once again
    SEMPER FI DEVIL DOGS! RIP!
    Phil

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    at last they go home to their family.

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    There is an excellent documentary called " Return to Tarawa" in which the bloke of interest returned to Tarawa ~ The story can be found on Youtube or part there of ~

    The whole operation as suggested was a very steep learning lesson for the US ~ The problem really started when they buried US servicemen on the island and the air field was promptly rebuilt and in the process quite a few graves were lost ~ There was quite a furore over this particular stuff up !

    Of course this was not the only lost KIA ~ but a tragic part of the Tarawa story ~

    A great watch

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF1F6wBZCNM

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