Sgt Elden William Grimm

Sgt Elden William Grimm

Menasha, Winnebago County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 25 Nov 1943 (aged 26)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Neenah, Winnebago County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot H-03-000-0-10-0 003
Memorial ID 144861898 · View Source
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Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Marine Corps Sgt. Elden W. Grimm, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.

In November 1943, Grimm was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 18th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Grimm died on Nov. 25, 1943.

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this mission.

Grimm’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

17 MAY 2018
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, accounted for from World War II, are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Marine Corps Sgt. Elden W. Grimm, 26, of Menasha, Wisconsin, and accounted for on Sept. 26, 2017, will be buried May 26 in Neenah, Wisconsin.
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World War II Marine Elden Grimm to be buried in Neenah

Trent Tetzlaff, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Published 2:14 p.m. CT May 21, 2018 | Updated 8:56 a.m. CT May 22, 2018

NEENAH - A United States Marine from Menasha who died in battle during World War II will be given a burial with full military honors this weekend.

Sgt. Elden Grimm was accounted for on Sept. 26, 2017, nearly 74 years after being killed on Nov. 25, 1943, while fighting Japanese troops in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands.

The battle of Tarawa was a big victory for the United States because the Gilbert Islands gave the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet an area to launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands, advancing their campaign against Japan.

Approximately 1,000 Marines were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded during the battle. In 1946, many of those killed were recovered and identified, but many, including Grimm, could not be identified at the time and were listed as "unknowns."

In October 2016, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, with the aid of new forensic technology, resumed the uncovering of "unknowns" from Tarawa. Grimm was identified less than a year later by dental, anthropological and chest radiograph analysis.

Grimm's niece, Margaret Kersten, said she had never heard about her uncle until she received a letter by mail asking for a sample of her DNA to match with Grimm's in March 2016.

After working with the local Veterans Affairs office and Marine headquarters, they were able to identify the relation and give Kersten more background on Grimm before he would be given a proper burial near his hometown.

"It means a lot to me being his family that he can come home and be at peace," she said. "He will get the final farewell he deserves."

Grimm's burial will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Neenah.

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In memory of my son Sgt. Elden W. Grimm 1917-1943 He made the supreme sacrifice in active combat on a distant shore.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 144861898
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Elden William Grimm (15 Nov 1917–25 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 144861898, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, Winnebago County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Nancy W (contributor 47746624) .