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PVT John Merrill Tillman
Sun Oct 1, 2017 18:11
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PVT John Merrill Tillman, U.S. Marine Corps, F Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, was reported “Killed in Action” by a gunshot wound to the chest on 20 November 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa. While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Rick Stone prepared reports which listed PVT Tillman as a Most Likely Match to three “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl. The Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation later expanded the Tarawa investigations completed by Chief Stone at the Department of Defense after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC. The Foundation, using the RISC System, listed PVT Tillman as a “Most Likely Match” to five "Unknowns". DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the Tarawa “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016. PVT Tillman was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 28 September 2017.

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