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PFC William Franklin Cavin
Thu May 3, 2018 09:21

“His Lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21.
PFC William Franklin Cavin was reported as Killed in Action due to gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa. In 2011/2012, Chief Rick Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, investigated all of the unresolved Tarawa casualties and determined that PFC Cavin was likely originally buried as an "Unknown" in Cemetery 33 on Tarawa, which were moved to the Punchbowl Cemetery in Honolulu in 1947. The Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation researchers, using information and technologies not available in 2011/2012, continued to investigate PFC Cavin's case and confirmed that PFC Cavin was a most likely match to four Punchbowl "Unknowns". After over five years, the Department of Defense finally decided to act on Chief Stone's recommendations for disinterment and identification of all of the Tarawa Punchbowl "Unknowns". On 3 May 2018, PFC Cavin was officially announced as a Punchbowl Unknown. Welcome home Marine! We share the joy of your family in your impending return! God Bless you and thanks to ALL who never forgot you and your service to our country!

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