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PFC Paul David Gilman
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:41

“His Lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21.
PFC Paul David Gilman, 8th Marines, 3rd Battalion, M Company, was reported “Killed in Action” due to a gunshot wound on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa. In 2011/2012, Chief Rick Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense (DoD), investigated all of the Tarawa MIA’s and compared PFC Gilman to 103 Tarawa “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery. In April 2013, The Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation received a Family Report request from PFC Gilman’s family which concluded that while PFC Gilman was a biometric match to one Punchbowl “Unknown”, the preponderance of the evidence indicated that PFC Gilman was not an “Unknown”. Foundation researchers, using advanced law enforcement investigative techniques and sophisticated technologies not available to DoD or to government contractors paid millions to recover remains, continued to research PFC Gilman’s case concluding that PFC Gilman was buried on Tarawa in Grave Number 39 of Cemetery 27. In 2015, Cemetery 27 was discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa. PFC Gilman was recovered from Grave Number 39 at this site and his identification was officially announced on 11 June 2018. Welcome home Marine! We share the joy of your family in your return! God Bless you and thanks to ALL who never forgot you and your service to our country!

    • Clarifications re PFC GilmanClay Bonnyman Evans, Tue Jun 12 13:34
      Here are a few facts about the recovery of Pfc. Paul David Gilman: 1) Whatever "advanced law enforcement investigative techniques and sophisticated technologies" used by the Chief Rick Stone... more
      • Thank You Mark Noah and History FlightDurk Steed, Wed Jun 13 06:12
        To Mark Noah, History Flight, and all its volunteers (including Clay), Thank you for your persistence and hard work in locating and identifying the remains of "The Lost Graves of Tarawa." Your... more
      • Thank you for this clarification Leroy Kisling, Jr, Tue Jun 12 23:49
        Clay Thanks for speaking up for all of s who follow this forum. I’m not sure why the repeated postings by this person, but when I see the initial wording: “His Lord said to him, Well done, you good... more
        • Re Gilman clarificationClay Bonnyman Evans, Wed Jun 13 10:26
          Thanks, Leroy and Durk. I have zero problem with anyone celebrating the return of a Tarawa MIA and wishing the family well. What I have a problem with is the consistently misleading way it's being... more
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