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US military brings back remains from World War II battle

2 years 11 months 1 week ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 July 18, 2019 4:16 PM July 18, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: U.S. Marine Corps
HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. military has brought back the remains of more than 20 servicemen killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.
An Air Force cargo plane flew the remains from Tarawa atoll in the remote Pacific island nation of Kiribati to Hawaii on Wednesday. Marines carried flag-draped caskets off the plane for a ceremony.
The remains are among those discovered in March by History Flight, a nonprofit organization that searches for the remains of U.S. servicemen lost in past conflicts.
They're believed to belong to Marines and sailors from the 6th Marine Regiment who were killed during the last night of the three-day Battle of Tarawa. More than 6,000 Americans, Japanese and Koreans died.
Military forensic anthropologists will work to identify the remains using dental records, DNA and other clues.

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