RAIDERS Smith, Cletus

Craig Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Smith
  • FORENAME
Cletus
  • UNIT
2nd Raider Battalion
  • RANK
Private
  • NUMBER
347545​
  • DATE OF DEATH
19th August 1942
  • AGE
20
  • GRAVESITE
Honolulu Memorial, Courts of the Missing
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
resided Fort Worth, Texas
born 21.11.1921
MIA on Makin Raid
1943 declared dead
Private Smith was killed in combat with the Japanese during the Makin raid August 17 1942. After the battle Colonel Carlson made arrangements for the raiders killed during the raid to be buried by native islanders. Private Smiths body was buried on the island which remained in enemy hands after Carlson and the raiders departed for home. He was officially listed as KIA August 19 1943. The location of the burials on Makin was located in 1999. The remains of 19 Marines and an Islander were identified. Six Raider families including Private Smith claimed and buried remains privately; 13 others were interred at Arlington National Ceremony under a full-honors ceremony.
 

DATE OF DEATH:

19-Aug-1942

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56122673/cletus-smith
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