PFC John Frederick “Jack” Prince

PFC John Frederick “Jack” Prince

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 19)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Calverton, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Plot SECTION 25 | PLOT 235
Memorial ID 160606014 · View Source
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John Frederick Prince was the younger of 2 sons born to Queens residents Frederick Jay & Margaret (McCoy) Prince. A graduate of Public School 33 and Jamaica High School, "Jack" enlisted in the Marines on November 21st, 1942 and went overseas the following June.

Private First Class Prince later found himself with his brothers in Fox Company, 2/8 of the Marine Division, FMF when they landed on Betio. Their mission was to secure the island in order to control the Japanese airstrip in the Tarawa Atoll; thereby preventing the Japanese Imperial forces from getting closer to the United States, and enabling US forces to get closer to mainland Japan. It would become one of the bloodiest battles in the Corps history.

It was November 20th (D-Day for the "Battle of Tarawa"), when young Jack - just 19 years old - perished.

PFC Prince was among more than 1,000 Marines and Sailors killed during that battle, so many of which were declared non-recoverable after the war. Lost in foreign soil, this Marine was listed as Missing In Action for more than 70 years.

In 2015, History Flight, Inc. located and recovered Jack's remains and turned them over to the DPAA; they also conducted genealogy research and provided the contact information necessary for the Marine Corps to reach out to the surviving family members.

On 06.April.2016, the DPAA announced that lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established PFC Prince's remains among those returned.

Jack's homecoming took place on June the 15th, 2016 and he was laid to rest that Friday with full military honors.

He was cited by his Commanding Officer for outstanding performance under combat against Japanese forces in Tarawa. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Ribbon Bar with Star, Asiatic Pacific Medal with Clasp and WW II Victory Medal and Purple Heart. He was the first from Bellerose to give his life for his country in WW II. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post in Bellerose was later named in his honor.

Brother - Richard J Prince (1919-2014)

Cenotaph here John Prince

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  • Created by: JSMorrison
  • Added: 6 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 160606014
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC John Frederick “Jack” Prince (13 Sep 1924–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 160606014, citing Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) .