*Image info: Private Robert Carter.
(Public domain image/released).
Marine Corps News: Marine Remains Returned from Tarawa
Added July 21, 2016
Seventy-two years after being killed on the first day of the Battle of Tarawa, the remains of Marine Corps Private Robert Carter's remains were returned stateside and reburied in Arlington National Cemetery.
Carter's remains were found along with those of 34 other Marines in 2015 by History Flight, a Florida-based nonprofit that uses a combination of technology, research, and tireless labor to locate the unaccounted-for remains of Americans who died in 20th century wars.
Carter's parents and four of his siblings didn't live to see his homecoming, but one of his sister's, Joan Marie Nusbaum, flew to Washington, D.C. from her home in Oregon to watch as her brother was reburied with full military honors.
Approximately 500 Marines are still missing on Tarawa, which was dubbed a "square mile of hell" by Marines who survived the brutal three day battle that cost more than 1,000 Marines their lives.