Tarawa

US Marine James D. OTTO

Marine Cpl. Missing since WWII in Tarawa Accounted For

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced yesterday Dec. 4 that the remains of a serviceman, unaccounted for since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Marine Corporal James D. Otto, born in Los Angeles, was only 20 years old. He will be buried …

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First Row: Tech. Sgt. Carlos Steele, Cpl. Jack Ely, Sgt Ferman H. Dixon, Staff Sgt. John F. Ercole, Cpl. E. Newcomb, and Sgt. Ernest J. Diet. Second Row: Pvt. Chris G. Demo, Sgt. Forrest Owens, Cpl. Jim R. Orton, and Cpl. Raymond Matjasic Back Row: Sgt. Roy Olund, Capt. Louis Hayward, Marine Gunner John F. Leopold, Staff Sgt. Norman Hatch. Pfc. William Kelliher was not present for the picture.

Combat cameramen won Oscar for covering Battle of Tarawa

There were a lot of big name winners at the 17th Annual Academy Awards in 1945, Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, and… the United States Marine Corps. That’s right, USMC Combat Cameramen won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short for their coverage of the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. Tarawa was unique because of the coverage …

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