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Glad they'll be home again.
Rest in peace brothers.

The bodies of 36 WWII Marines that died a hero's death in the Battle Of Tarawa in 1943 have been recovered from an isolated island in the Pacific. The remains of these brave soldiers will be brought back to America to be given a proper burial.

Thirty-six U.S Marines, who laid down their lives more than 70 years ago in World War II, will finally be cremated with full military honors, confirmed Mark Noah, director of Florida-based non-profit History Flight Inc., the agency that shouldered the responsibility. He added that that an extensive and painstaking four-month excavation on Betio Island in Kiribati had finally resulted in the discovery of the Marines' bodies.
The U.S. Marines were killed in action during the bloody Battle of Tarawa in November 1943. Noah and his team worked with the U.S. Defense Department on the recovery efforts. Presumably citing the living descendants, Noah shared that the WWII Marines had an expectation to be brought back to their homeland if they were to perish in the battle,

"(They) had an expectation that if they were to die in the line of duty defending their country they would be brought home… that was a promise made 70 years ago that we felt should be kept."​
Identification of the soldiers is proving quite difficult owing to the relatively rudimentary identification standards of old times. Though U.S. soldiers were better armed than many other armies during WWII, there were no biometric identification techniques prevalent

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