Sept. 14, 2017 —
Marine Corps Pfc. Harold V. Thomas, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.
In November 1943, Thomas was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 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, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Thomas died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.
Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.
DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs for their partnership in this mission.
Thomas’ name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
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