PFC Raymond Warren

NamePFC Raymond Warren
Branch:USMCR
Unit:K Company, 3rd Marine Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment
Location of Recovery:Betio, Tarawa, Gilbert Islands (Modern Day Kiribati)
Date of Loss:November 20, 1943
Status:ACCOUNTED FOR / Recovered by History Flight 2015

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On June 10, 2019, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified the remains of Private First Class Raymond Warren, missing from World War II.

PFC Warren joined the U.S. Marine Corps from Kansas City, MO and served with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. He was killed in action on November 20, 1943, during the 2nd Marine Division’s invasion of the Japanese-held Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands. He was reportedly buried in Cemetery 27 on Betio. After the close of World War II, Graves Registration personnel recovered the remains of U.S. service members buried on Betio; however, PFC Warren’s remains were not among those recovered. In 2009, the non-profit organization History Flight located Cemetery 27 on Betio. History Flight began excavating the area around Cemetery 27, leading to the recovery of remains in 2015 from a previously undiscovered burial trench. DPAA was eventually able to identify PFC Warren from among these remains.

PFC Warren will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on 13 April 2021 at 1300 with full military honors.

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