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Press Release | June 29, 2022

Marine Accounted For From World War II (Ervin, A.)

WASHINGTON  –   The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Arthur B. Ervin, 22, killed during World War II, was accounted for June 21, 2022.

In July 1944, Ervin was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, which was part of the invasion force of the island of Saipan in a larger effort to capture the Mariana Islands from Japan. On July 5, Ervin was shot and killed by a sniper while trying to assist a wounded comrade. Due to the chaos surrounding the battle and its aftermath, his body was unable to be recovered.

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Ervin’s personnel profile can be viewed at