PFC James Francis Mansfield

PFC James Francis Mansfield

Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 19)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 164620526 · View Source
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Jimmy was the 4th of 6 children born to Lawrence and Hilda (Parkin) Mansfield. Born and raised in Plymouth area schools, James enlisted in the Marine Corps on December the 12th of 1942.

PFC Mansfield later found himself with his brothers in the 8th Marines (Kilo/3) of the 2nd Marine Division 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 James - just 19 years old - perished.

For more than 71 years, he remained buried - indeed, lost - on that island where he and so many of his brothers-in-arms fell; however, in June of 2015 PFC Mansfield was found by a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, which notified DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the battle.

On May the 6th, his sister and 2 brothers received the call that Jimmy had finally been found and was ready to come home.

PFC Mansfield’s family has requested privacy as they lay him to rest - near his parents and oldest brother - with full military honors.

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  • Created by: JSMorrison
  • Added: 12 Jun 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 164620526
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC James Francis Mansfield (26 Jan 1924–20 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 164620526, citing Vine Hills Cemetery, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) .