World War II Makin Atoll Marine Raider

10 Feb 1916 1
Texas 1
17 Aug 1942 2
Makin Atoll 3

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Full Name:
Kenneth Kirk Kunkle 3
10 Feb 1916 1
Texas 1
Male 1
17 Aug 1942 2
Makin Atoll 2
Cause: Killed in Action 2
Burial Date: 27 Jan 2001 4
Burial Place: Mountain Home Cemetery, Baxter County, AR 4
Mother: Mary Kunkle 1
Father: Oscar Kunkle 1
Marine 3
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Marine Corps Service:
Age at Loss: 26 years old 5
Battle: Makin Island Raid 5
Casualty Date: 17 Aug 1942 5

World War II 5

Decorations: Purple Heart 5
Rank: Corporal 5
Service #: 268716 5
Unit: 2nd Marine Raiders Battalion 5
CILHI Excavation: Nov 1999 5
Grave Registration Team investigation: 1949 5
Identification: Central identification Laboratory, Hawaii 5
Identified: 2000 5
JTFFA Investigation: Aug 1998 5
Recovery Site: Makin Atoll 5
Repatriated: Dec 1999 5

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Makin Island

He was killed during the Makin Island Raid and hastily buried in an unmarked mass grave with other battle casualties by nearby residents.  He 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 in his hometown next to his parents and as part of a group burial in Arlington National Cemetery on the 59th anniversary of the battle.

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