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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.