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PFC Randolph Allen

NamePFC Randolph Allen
Unit:F Company 2nd Marine Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment
Location of Recovery:Betio, Tarawa, Gilbert Islands (Modern Day Kiribati)
Date of Loss:November 20, 1943


On June 17, 2014, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC, now DPAA) identified the remains of Private First Class Randolph Allen, missing from World War II.

Private First Class Allen, who entered the U.S. Marine Corps from Kentucky, was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. He was killed in action during the Battle of Tarawa on November 20, 1943, but his remains were not recovered or identified among those disinterred from the island after the war. In 2013, the private organization History Flight traveled to Betio and excavated a burial site on Tarawa and recovered human remains. The remains were accessioned and turned over to JPAC analysts who used modern forensic techniques to identify PFC Allen. PFC Allen was laid to rest on US Soil in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery on July 24, 2014 (Section 60 Grave # 10687).