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Apr 20, 2017

Gunnery Sgt. Melvin G. Ashley (center) escort, and Marines with Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Funeral Detail, prepare to transport fallen Marine Pfc. James O. Whitehurst from the funeral home to his final resting place at Cowarts Baptist Church Cemetery in Cowarts, Ala., April 12. Whitehurst was killed in action while fighting the Japanese at the battle of Tarawa during World War II, Nov. 20, 1943. In 2015 a private, non-profit organization known as History Flight excavated what is believed to be Cemetery 27 on the island of Betio, Tarawa, and recovered the remains of multiple individuals, one of them being Whitehurst.

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