PVT Archie William Newell

PVT Archie William Newell

Faith, Meade County, South Dakota, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 22)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60 | Site 11596
Memorial ID 180509371 · View Source
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Marine Corps Private Archie William Newell has now been accounted for.

Marine Corps Pvt. Archie W. Newell, 22, of Aberdeen, South Dakota, will be buried December 8, in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

In November 1943, Newell was assigned to Company C, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 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.

Archie was killed on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943; he was just 22 years old.

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. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and 1947, but Newell’s remains were not identified. All of the remains found on Tarawa were sent to the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification in 1947. By 1949, the remains that had not been identified were interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

In October 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-044 from the Punchbowl and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

To identify Newell’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his records, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Left to mourn PVT Newell were his parents Archie Francis & Thresia May (Stevens) Newell and younger sisters, Laura Mae and Joyce Elaine. He was preceded in death by his brother, Elmer.

The family has set PVT Newell's services for December 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

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

Link - DPAA: News Release (01.Dec.2017)
Link - DPAA: News Release (19.Jun.2017)

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  • Created by: JSMorrison
  • Added: 19 Jun 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 180509371
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Archie William Newell (3 Jun 1921–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 180509371, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) .