Oklahoma Marine buried more than 73 years after WWII death
Ponca City Now - July 15, 2016 9:41 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The remains of a 19-year-old U.S. Marine from Oklahoma City have been buried at Arlington National Cemetery almost 73 years after he died in battle during World War II.
Pvt. Robert J. Carter was buried with full military honors Wednesday. Gov. Mary Fallin ordered flags on state property to be flown at half-staff in his honor.
The Oklahoman reports that Carter's remains were discovered in June 2015 at a burial site on Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. Carter and his company landed on the island, where the U.S. Department of Defense says about 1,000 Marines and sailors were killed during several days of intense fighting with Japanese forces.
Carter died around Nov. 20, 1943. Efforts were made to recover remains from the battlefield in the 1940s, but Carter's remains went undiscovered for more than seven decades.