07 May '18, 11am

Remains of Two WWII Marines ID'd, Thanks to Tech Advances

The remains of two Marine s killed nearly 75 years ago at the Battle of Tarawa were recently identified and returned to their hometowns in Wisconsin and New Hampshire. U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Raymond A. Barker was buried with full military honors Saturday at Spring Grove Cemetery in Delavan, FOX 6 Milwaukee reported. "Seventy-five years later after he was gone, here we are celebrating this event," Barker's nephew, John Gibbus, told the station. Barker was killed on the first day of the Battle of Tarawa on Nov. 20, 1943, at age 22. About 1,700 Marines and Navy sailors were killed and more than 2,000 wounded during the three-day fight against Japanese troops on the island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Papua New Guinea. Barker's body had been deemed non-recoverable, but last year scientists with the Departm...

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