Watch: 36 Marines come home after 70 years!

Watch: 36 Marines come home after 70 years!

December 10, 2015

Watch: 36 Marines come home after 70 years!

Below is a touching video honoring 36 Marines who returned home to America after 70 years. Thirty-six caskets holding the remains of U.S. Marines killed in the 1943 Battle of Tarawa were returned from battlefield internment this past July.

The men, killed in the epic 76-hour Battle of Tarawa on the heavily defended island of Betio were recovered recently through the efforts of non-profits and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

The Marines, each in a flag shrouded casket, were transferred to a contingent from the 3rd Marine Regiment during a repatriation ceremony in Tarawa, Kiribati on Saturday. Reverently loaded onto a Marine KC-130J Hercules, they were flown to their home country for the first time in more than 70 years.

Upon arrival at aboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, they were further honored as they were unloaded for identification and final burial.

“Today provides for us the opportunity to bring home some Marines who were lost here during the Battle of Tarawa over 70 years ago,” said Maj. Gen. Richard P. Simcock, 3rd Marine Division commanding general. “Those Marines that gave their lives and ensured our way of life continued here in the Pacific were fully expected to come home, but it didn’t work out that way. Today we’ve filled that obligation for those Marines.”

Touching Tribute to Fallen Marines

U.S. Marines with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific carry the remains of Marines who had fallen during World War II at the Battle of Tarawa during a Dignified Transfer Ceremony July 26, 2015. During the ceremony, the remains of approximately 36 U.S. Marines were returned to America.

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4 Responses

Alan Salyer
Alan Salyer

February 22, 2016

Thank you for your service and sacrifice for Our country. I’m glad you are home. From a grateful American

Michael Fullarton
Michael Fullarton

February 22, 2016

Welcome home Marine’s. Thank you for your service and sacrifice Brothers, we are pleased to welcome your earthly remains back aboard US soil……you have been missed.
Semper Fidelis,
Michael Fullarton
Sergeant of Marines, 1980-1990

Pat Saladin
Pat Saladin

February 22, 2016

God bless you all. I know you have been guarding the streets of Heaven all these years, and now you can rest in your home’s soil again.

John
John

February 22, 2016

Its sad that it took so long for these heros to return. Thank you, may you rest in peace.

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