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PFC Lyle Ellis Charpilloz
Mon Dec 11, 2017 21:22

Posted on Facebook by Peter Lowell Collins

December 9 at 2:20am
PFC Lyle E. Charpilloz was one of the Marines lost in the first wave of the battle for Tarawa. For 74 years he’s been unaccounted for. My grandfather (Lyle’s brother) was off flying in the North African theater when his 16 year old brother Lyle, lied about his age so he could join the Marines and the war effort. My grandfather, COL Kenneth Lowell Charpilloz USAF, died in 2009 without any answers. Since then, I’ve made many inquiries hoping to find out more about Lyle’s fate. Some wonderful people in Quantico, and at the Chief Rick Stone Foundation have been incredibly helpful, including helping to get a DNA kit to my grandfather’s last remaining sister in 2013, just in case Lyle was ever found. Incredibly, this week we received notice that Lyle has been recovered, and positively identified. Arrangements are still being made, but after 74 years he’s coming home. This is a reminder why we NEVER forget, or give up hope. You never know when you’re going to get the most unexpected Christmas gift.

    • PFC Lyle Ellis CharpillozFoundation, Tue Mar 27 21:42
      “His Lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21. PFC Lyle Ellis Charpilloz was listed as a “Possible Match” to Punchbowl Unknown X-5 in official Investigative Reports... more
    • Lyle CharpillozKim Righetti, Wed Dec 13 09:11
      How exciting for you. He can rest in peace now.
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