The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew Pellerito, 22, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Aug. 19, 2021.
In November 1943, Pellerito was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Pellerito was killed on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20. His remains were reportedly buried in Cemetery 33.
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Pellerito’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xl0kEAC.