By Steve Sweitzer
A remarkable event took place Friday, October 25th at the Great Lakes National Cemetery. Private First Class, Kenneth W. Likens, 20, from Mount Clemens, MI served his country honorably and lost his life in defense of freedom. He was buried in the National Cemetary just outside of Holly, MI.
What is remarkable about this story is that Pfc. Likens was killed in action on the Island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands in 1943 during World War II. Through the efforts of a group called History Flight and the Department of Defense, Likens remains were recovered and identified. Now, 76 years later, Kenneth W. Likens returned to his native Michigan to be laid to rest with full military honors.
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