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PFC Sam J. Kourkos
Tue May 23, 2017 13:05
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PFC Sam John Kourkos, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, M Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, was killed on 21 November 1943 on Tarawa. The Foundation received a request for a “Family Report” from PFC Kourkos’ family which was forwarded on 9 September 2014. Continued investigation by the Foundation uncovered additional information to update the report using the RISC System and listed PFC Kourkos as a most likely match to only one “Unknown” buried in the Punchbowl. DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone's original recommendations and began exhumation of the "Unknowns" from the Punchbowl in October 2016. PFC Kourkos was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 19 May 2017.

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