Marine Missing From World War II Accounted For

151204-D-ZZ999-101The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, unaccounted for since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Marine Cpl. James D. Otto, 20, of Los Angeles, will be buried Dec. 8, in Arlington National Cemetery. In November 1943, Otto was assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting, approximately 1,000 Marines were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. Otto was reported killed in action on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members who died in the battle were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries on the island. In 1946 and 1947, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio Island, but Otto’s remains were not recovered. On Feb. 10, 1949, a military review board declared Otto non-recoverable.

In June 2015, a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the remains of what they believed were U.S. Marines who fought during the battle in November 1943. The remains were turned over to DPAA in July 2015.

To identify Otto’s remains, scientists from DPAA used laboratory analysis, to include dental comparisons, which Matched Otto’s records, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war.

2 Comments on “Marine Missing From World War II Accounted For

  1. I had accepted a friend request from Facebook under the man’s name Barroza Herbert we texted a little on my Facebook Messenger app. Told me he was a Captain in the Army sent me a picture of himself and 2 young girls he claimed was is daughters. He was a widower, Said he lived in Colorado but was in Afghanistan on peace missions. As the conversation went on he wanted me to talk on the Hangout App told me his Email address was ruddockt64@gmail.com his name on that came back as Thomas Ruddock but you know when your knight in shining armor pops up and a few hours this guy is wanting a serious relationship maybe marriage so I asked him what he likes to do and other information about himself he said he had to go he was going to be late. Very charming hugs kisses honey OK that was a red flag for me so tonight I texted him asked him if he is for real. He went quiet asked me two more times and I told him what my true honest opinion was earlier in one of the texted I ask him what was the catch right after he suggested marriage. He didn’t answer that question. My oldest daughter came home started doing research on the names. You have his picture on your site and we found a few pictures of the same man but under his picture it had said he was murdered 12 years ago. He was in his uniformed so getting back to the person that I was texting he asked me again why I asked him if he was for real. I told him about the picture I was looking at and he had been murdered. I reported him to Facebook and I blocked him off of hangouts. I’m really not upset over the fact I found out he was a date scammer but how he was using a Service person that protects us then this man has a family out there and someone is impersonating him. I understand that there are lonely people out there but after the first hour I knew something was up. So ladies and gentlemen if your Knight or Queen almost propose to you in the first 2 hours that you r talking with RUN. I hope this info can help anyone out. This all took place in USA on 12/7 &12/8 2015. I know I learnt alot just from what I read about these scammers
    Maggie

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