UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The remains of what are believed to be two dozen American servicemen killed on a Pacific island during World War II have been discovered.
According to the Pentagon, the remains of 24 individuals will arrive at Hawaii’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam this week, after which they will be turned over to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for official identification.
The remains, discovered by the non-profit group History Flight, are believed to be of long-missing U.S. personnel from the Battle of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands.
More than 1,100 U.S. personnel were killed during the 76-hour assault on the Japanese-held atoll in November 1943.
Due to extreme environmental conditions, many remains were hastily buried in trenches and individual graves on the island.
This marks the second-largest single recovery of U.S. battlefield remains since the Korean War.