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Subject: Remains of U.S. Marine Private Jacob Cruz arrive home nearly 78 years after he was KIA/MIA in World War II, killed in November 1943, were returned to Southern California after they were discovered on a Pacific island. ...

Private Jacob Cruz was only 18 years old when he was killed
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Date Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 01:38:42pm

Remains of SoCal Marine Arrive Home Nearly 78 Years After He Was Killed in World War II;
The remains of Private Jacob Cruz, killed in November 1943, were returned to Southern California
after they were discovered on a Pacific island in 2019. ....

By Jonathan Lloyd NBC4com
MARCH 23, 2021

A Marine from Los Angeles who was killed in November 1943 during combat in World War II was honored Tuesday with a procession as his remains were returned to Southern California. U.S. Marine Private Jacob Cruz was killed in action Nov. 22, 1943 while he faced battle with Japanese forces on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands. Cruz died on the third day of a battle that left about 1,000 Marines and sailors dead and more than 2,000 wounded.

Cruz was reported to be buried on the island in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33. In 2019, archaeologists with the nonprofit History Flight located remains and turned them over for identification, which confirmed one set to be those of Private Cruz. The remains were returned to the United States Tuesday morning when a flight arrived at LAX. They were transported to a mortuary in Montebello in a procession that included veterans and a salute from law enforcement officers.

...Cruz's name is in Hawaii's Court of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. A rosette will be placed next to his
name to indicated he has been found. Private Cruz served in Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.

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