World War II Makin Island Marine Raider

31 Jan 1915 1
Japan 1
17 Aug 1942 2
Makin Island 3

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Full Name:
Gerald Price Holtom 1
Also known as:
Jerry 1
31 Jan 1915 1
Japan 1
Male 1
17 Aug 1942 2
Makin Island 2
Cause: Killed in Action 2
Burial Date: 17 Aug 2001 3
Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, VA 3
Place: Palo Alto, CA 2
Father: Daniel Holtom 1
Army Interpreter & Interrogator 1
Marine Corps Service:
Age at Loss: 27 years old 3
Battles: Makin Island Raid 1
Casualty Date: 17 Aug 2001 3
Conflicts: World War II 3
Decorations: Purple Heart 1
Designation: Intelligence Officer 3
Rank: Captain 3
Service #: O-007549 1
Unit: 2nd Marine Raiders Battalion 3
CILHI Excavation: Nov 1999 2
Grave Registration Team: 1949 1
Identification: Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii 2
Identified: 2000 2
JTFFA Investigation: Aug 1998 2
Recovery Site: Makin Atoll 2
Repatriated: 17 Dec 1999 2

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Makin Atoll

A Marine intelligence officer killed during the Raid on Makin Island during World War II.  He was hastily buried in an unmarked mass grave with other battle casualties by nearby residents and remained missing until a Joint Task Force Full Accounting team began investigating a potential burial site on the island.  Advised of the location by island natives, including one claiming to be a member of the 1942 burial party, the team found the grave and began an excavation.  The Central Identification Laboratory was able to recover his remains and identification tags, along with 18 other Marines.  They were returned to the lab and identified in 2000.  He was buried, along with 13 of his comrades, in Arlington National Cemetery on the 59th anniversary of the battle.  

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