Marine Corps Pfc. Francis E. Drake, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.
On October 9, 1942, Drake was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, participating in a main offensive action in the Battle of Guadalcanal. After nearly two months of battle, the regiment completed their action, however Drake was killed in action. Two other Marines from Drake's battalion were reportedly interred in graves atop Hill 73, alongside him.
Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.
DPAA is grateful to Mr. Yorick Tokuru, Mr. John Innes, Mr. Ewan Stevenson and the Solomon Islands government and police force for their assistance in this recovery.
Drake's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
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