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SGT James Joseph Hubert

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SGT James Joseph Hubert

Birth
Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
Death
21 Nov 1943 (aged 22)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial
Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
Plot
Section VS | Block 8 | Lot 11
Memorial ID
175439210 View Source

On July 15, 2017, Marine Corps SGT James Joseph Hubert, 22, killed in World War II, was finally laid to rest - in American soil - with full military honors.

Sergeant Hubert was with his brothers in Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion of the 8th Marines (H-2/8) when they landed on Betio as part of Operation: GALVANIC. The mission of the 2nd Marine Division 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 21, 1943 (D+1 for the “Battle of Tarawa”), when young James - just 22 years old - perished.

Having a loved one away from home during the holidays is always trying; however, having a son off fighting in the war left the whole family on edge. The fact that this battle took place just before Thanksgiving meant that most of the families, who had unknowingly earned their Gold Star, would receive their heart-wrenching telegrams on Christmas Eve – some Christmas Day or even New Years Day.

For his service and sacrifice, James' parents accepted the Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation.

Despite the heavy casualties suffered by U.S. forces, military success in the battle of Tarawa was a huge victory for the U.S. military because the Gilbert Islands provided the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet a platform from which to launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands to advance their Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members who died in the battle were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries on the island. In 1946 and 1947, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio, but SGT Hubert’s remains were not recovered. On Feb. 28, 1949, a military review board declared James "non-recoverable".

In June 2015, History Flight notified Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the battle in November 1943. The remains were turned over to DPAA in July 2015.

To identify Hubert’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial and Y-Short Tandem Repeat DNA analysis, which matched a sister, a nephew Jay Hagan and a cousin; as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory analysis, to include dental comparisons, which matched Hubert’s records.

James Joseph Hubert was finally returned to his family and, on July 15, 2017, laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery, in his hometown, with full military honors (175439210).

Marine Corps Sergeant James Joseph Hubert is memorialized among the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific's Honolulu Memorial. His name is permanently inscribed within Court 4 of the "Courts of the Missing" (56111385, a cenotaph). A rosette has been placed next to his name to verify that James is no longer missing.

SOURCE
Marine Corps POW/MIA Section
DPAA Personnel Profile
DPAA: News Release (07.Jul.2017)
Jennifer Morrison, independent volunteer forensic genealogist

On July 15, 2017, Marine Corps SGT James Joseph Hubert, 22, killed in World War II, was finally laid to rest - in American soil - with full military honors.

Sergeant Hubert was with his brothers in Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion of the 8th Marines (H-2/8) when they landed on Betio as part of Operation: GALVANIC. The mission of the 2nd Marine Division 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 21, 1943 (D+1 for the “Battle of Tarawa”), when young James - just 22 years old - perished.

Having a loved one away from home during the holidays is always trying; however, having a son off fighting in the war left the whole family on edge. The fact that this battle took place just before Thanksgiving meant that most of the families, who had unknowingly earned their Gold Star, would receive their heart-wrenching telegrams on Christmas Eve – some Christmas Day or even New Years Day.

For his service and sacrifice, James' parents accepted the Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation.

Despite the heavy casualties suffered by U.S. forces, military success in the battle of Tarawa was a huge victory for the U.S. military because the Gilbert Islands provided the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet a platform from which to launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands to advance their Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members who died in the battle were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries on the island. In 1946 and 1947, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio, but SGT Hubert’s remains were not recovered. On Feb. 28, 1949, a military review board declared James "non-recoverable".

In June 2015, History Flight notified Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the battle in November 1943. The remains were turned over to DPAA in July 2015.

To identify Hubert’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial and Y-Short Tandem Repeat DNA analysis, which matched a sister, a nephew Jay Hagan and a cousin; as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory analysis, to include dental comparisons, which matched Hubert’s records.

James Joseph Hubert was finally returned to his family and, on July 15, 2017, laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery, in his hometown, with full military honors (175439210).

Marine Corps Sergeant James Joseph Hubert is memorialized among the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific's Honolulu Memorial. His name is permanently inscribed within Court 4 of the "Courts of the Missing" (56111385, a cenotaph). A rosette has been placed next to his name to verify that James is no longer missing.

SOURCE
Marine Corps POW/MIA Section
DPAA Personnel Profile
DPAA: News Release (07.Jul.2017)
Jennifer Morrison, independent volunteer forensic genealogist


Inscription

JAMES JOSEPH HUBERT
SGT US MARINE CORPS / WORLD WAR II
AUG 12 1921 ... NOV 21 1943
PURPLE HEART


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