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Brian Algar
sons of Tarawa Marines
Tue Jul 11, 2017 22:36

Hi everyone. I don't know how some would feel about what I'm going to raise but is there somewhere or at least a site that deals with people who were fathered by Marines prior to the battle in Tarawa. My father is such a person and after just recently discovering who his Maternal mother was (too late to meet her by about a year unfortunately) It was revealed by living relatives that she was madly in love with a Marine who Passed through Wellington NZ prior to the Tarawa campaign. For me personally and of course my father there is a huge desire to know who this man was and to pay tribute to him, or in the absolute miracle that he is a living veteran in his 90s to shake his hand. My father was conceived between Feb and March of 1943 and from my research the 1/8 regiment 2 Marines were shipped to Wellington from Guadalcanal in Feb for 9 months prior to the Tarawa campaign. It was thought he may have been with the 3rd Marines who were also in Wellington from Jan to March 43 but they went straight to Bougainville and we know the man in question fought at Tarawa. At this point no names are known so from here we are looking for that special needle in the haystack. I would like to add more information but I would like some feedback before proceeding further. Thanks everyone in advance.

    • You're looking in the wrong placeEd Gilbert, Wed Jul 12 04:45
      Since I gather there was no father's name on a birth certificate, that's your dead end. Genetic testing will likely be your best bet. I would suggest something like You are... more
      • Looking in the wrong placeBrian Algar, Tue Aug 15 01:16
        Thank you Ed. I've passed your reply on to my folks to digest as my father is looking at doing some Dna research. I've thought about the fact that my granddad may not have survived Tarawa which would ... more
      • sons of Tarawa veteransgodwintr, Wed Jul 12 08:25
        I agree with Ed. While not looking for my father, I found 'genetic' relatives in England and here in the states with my surname or a derivation of my surname after submitting my results to Family... more
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