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Remains of 24 Servicemen Recovered From WWII Battlefield

The remains were found during excavations on Tarawa, in the Gilbert Islands

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    The remains of what are believed to be 24 American servicemen killed on a Pacific island during World War II have been returned to the U.S. for identification. (Published Friday, July 28, 2017)

    The remains of what are believed to be 24 American servicemen killed on a Pacific island during World War II have been returned to the U.S. for identification.

    The Pentagon says a U.S. military aircraft carrying flag-draped coffins arrived this week at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

    Photo credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Claire Farin

    History Flight, a Florida-based nonprofit group, says its members discovered the remains during excavations on Tarawa, in the Gilbert Islands.

    Nearly 1,000 Marines and 30 sailors were killed during the assault on the Japanese-held atoll in November 1943.

    History Flight recovered the remains of 35 Marines in 2015. The group says the two recoveries are some of the largest for U.S. battlefield remains since the Korean War.

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    Paul Smith Raimond’s remains were recently removed from a grave marked unknown and identified through DNA testing. Raimond and 428 others were killed when the battleship USS Oklahoma was torpedoed and capsized on Dec 7, 1941, in Pearl Harbor. He was buried with full military honors.
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    The latest group of remains will be examined at a forensic laboratory on Oahu.