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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Alec Hagerty, left, and Lance Cpl. Chase Light, right, members of the U.S. Marine Corps funeral detail, salute the remains of Pvt. Eugene Miller during a funeral ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan. 16, 2024. In 1946, as part of post-war efforts to recover missing soldiers, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company centralized all of the American remains found in Tarawa at Lone Palm Cemetery for later repatriation. The 94 sets of remains that were recovered but could not be identified were buried as unknowns at the NMCP in Honolulu. In July 2021, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) disinterred the grave and sent the remains to the DPAA laboratory for forensic analysis. The laboratory analysis and the totality of the circumstantial evidence available established the remains as those of Pvt. Miller.

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Photo by: Sgt. Tyrae Straw |  VIRIN: 240116-A-ST398-4345.JPG