Military burying of Marine missing since WWII

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Associated Press

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:08 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The remains of a Marine from northeastern Kentucky unaccounted for since last being seen on an island in the Pacific Ocean during World War II and will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Defense says the remains of Marine Pfc. Randolph Allen of Rush, Kentucky, were located in November on the island of Betio.

The military says four sets of remains belong to Japanese soldiers were found along with Allen's.

Allen was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, which landed on Betio in the Tarawa Atoll. Over several days, roughly 1,000 Marines were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. Allen was reported killed in action on Nov. 20, 1943.

He will be buried July 29 in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C.

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