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World War II 1
Marine Corps 2
Private First Class 2
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps 1
17 Sep 1923 2
Indianapolis, IN 2
20 Nov 1943 2
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati 2

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Full Name:
Manley F Winkley 1
17 Sep 1923 3
Indianapolis, IN 3
20 Nov 1943 3
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati 3
Buried: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea<BR>Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial<BR>Honolulu, Hawaii 1
Death: 20-Nov-43 1
Death Date: 20 Nov 1943 1
Memorial Cemetery: Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial 1
Memorial Country: Honolulu, Hawaii 1
Memorial Location: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea 1
State: Indiana 1

World War II 1

Marine Corps 2
Private First Class 2
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps 1
Service Start Date:
12 Dec 1942 3
Service End Date:
20 Nov 1943 3
Service Number:
504632 1
Purple Heart 1
United States Marine Corps 1

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This individual is one of 514 missing heroes from the Battle of Tarawa for which our founder conducted extensive research in an attempt to find and return home while a member of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC). Our Foundation has continued these efforts. If you are a family member, please feel free to contact our charitable foundation for more information at There is absolutely no charge for our services. The Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation

PFC Manley Forrest Winkley, 20, a fallen World War II Marine was brought home to a hero's burial after nearly 70 years. Manley was killed in combat on November 20, 1943; the first day of the invasion of the Tarawa Island Atoll, Betio, in the Gilbert Islands, as part of the U.S. Pacific Ocean campaign. Manley was buried under fire, and his remains were lost until recently. PFC Manley was born September 17, 1923 in Indianapolis, Indiana the son of the late James and Nadia Winkley. He enlisted into the US Marine Corps on December 12, 1942. He was assigned to Company B 1st Battalion of 2nd Marine Division during World War II.
WINKLEY, Manley F, Private First Class, 504632, USMC, from Indiana, Honolulu Memorial + WINKLEY, Manley Forrest, 504632, Co B, 1st Bn, 2nd Mar, 2nd Ma rDiv, FMF, Gilbert Is, November 20, 1943, killed in action + WINKLEY, Manley F., Pfc., USMCR. Mother, Mrs. Nadia Winkley, 40 N. Berwick Ave., Indianapolis, Ind

The Defense Prisoner of War / Missing Persons Office (DPMO) announced as of June 1, 2013, the remains of PFC Manley Forest Winkley had been recovered from Betio, Tarawa Atoll, and positively identified.

DPAA News Release Manley Winkley Identified News Releases Marine Missing From WWII Identified (Winkley) 13-038 | August 21, 2013 0     PRINT  

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, lost during World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Manley F. Winkley, 20, of Indianapolis, will be buried Aug. 24, in Madison, Ind. In Nov. 1943 Winkley as a member of the Marine Corps 2nd Division, landed on Tarawa atoll, now part of the Republic of Kiribati, against stiff Japanese resistance. Over several days of intense fighting approximately 1,000 Marines were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. As a result of these attacks Winkley was reported killed in action on Nov. 20, 1943.

In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members who died were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries. During World War II, U.S. Navy Combat Engineers, “SeaBees,” significantly restructure the landscape to convert the island for use by the U.S. service members. In 1946 when U.S. Army Graves Registration Service personnel attempted to locate all of the battlefield interments, many of the burials could not be located.

In 2012 Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) teams conducted excavation operations in the Republic of Kiribati and discovered human remains and equipment that appeared to be those of American servicemen from World War II.

To identify the remains, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools such as dental comparisons and radiographs, which matched Winkley’s records.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died. There are still more than 73,000 servicemen whose remains were never recovered.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO web site at or call (703) 699-1169.

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