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Current Estimate of Dispostion of Unresolved Casualties
Sun Apr 2, 2017 13:52
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As of today, the "Master Tarawa Casualty Database" used by researchers and investigators of the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation to assist the families of Tarawa MIA's, estimates the following breakdown of the 475 unresolved Tarawa casualties:

321 were buried on the island
69 are classified by Foundation researchers as “Missing – Body not recovered” due to obliteration by combat trauma or being washed out to sea.
41 are classified as “Missing”. Their bodies were likely obliterated by combat trauma or hastily buried with no record made.
22 are classified as either “Lost at Sea” or “Washed out to Sea”
22 are classified as “Lost during Transfer for Treatment”.

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  • Marines killed in waterClay Bonnyman Evans, Sun Apr 2 07:52
    I appreciate that explanation, and certainly it would have been a difficult number to calculate. It's interesting to me, however, that you don't even read that "hundreds" or "dozens" of marines were... more
    • Current Estimate of Dispostion of Unresolved Casualties — Foundation, Sun Apr 2 13:52
    • bodies "sunk in place"Ed Gilbert, Sun Apr 2 08:30
      The bodies sunk in place were only ones that had washed well out into the lagoon, past the lip of the dished reef edge. When bodies were too badly decomposed it was impossible to recover them from... more
      • Marines killed in water Clay Bonnyman Evans, Sun Apr 2 10:41
        I can certainly see that bodies found floating in the lagoon beyond the reef might have been sunk, though of course there are many, many reports of Navy personnel using hooks to retrieve remains from ... more
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