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Local Marine identified decades after he was killed in WWII

The remains of a U.S. Marine from Brooklyn have been identified — 74 years after he was killed in a Pacific Island battle during World War II, military officials said.

Pvt. Joseph C. Carbone was killed on Nov. 20, 1943, the first day of the Battle of Tarawa — where about 1,000 American Marines and Sailors died and more than 2,000 were wounded in an attempt to secure the small island of Betio from the Japanese, the Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement.

A rosette will be placed next to Carbone’s name on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site — to indicate that he has been accounted for, officials said.

Some of the Americans killed during the battle were buried in temporary cemeteries that could not be found after the war. But two years ago, History Flight, a Florida-based non-profit, found a mass grave containing the remains of 35 Marines and one sailor. Betio is part of the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands.

Carbone’s interment services are pending, according to the Pentagon officials.


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