PFC George Bernard Murray

PFC George Bernard Murray

Birth
Oceano, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
Plot Section M
Memorial ID 180579562 · View Source
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U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. George Bernard Murray how now been accounted for.

In November 1943, Murray was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, 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. Murray was killed on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

The support from the Republic of Kiribati was vital to the success of this recovery.

For people who want to pay their respects, a procession for George Murray will take place on Friday, August 18, 2017 starting at 10 a.m. It will start at at the Marshall-Spoo Funeral Home in Oceano and will go through the city.

HOMECOMING
Aug 17 - Murray’s remains will make their way from LAX back to Oceano with a first-class Marine escort.

REINTERMENT
Aug 18 - At 11 a.m., Murray will be laid to rest in a full military ceremony at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery, near his mother (Section M).

Link - "For decades his body was missing. Now WWII Marine’s remains are coming home to Oceano" (14.Jul.2017)
Link - DPAA: News Release (20.Jun.2017)
Link - "Family waiting for WWII soldier’s return from Tarawa" (28.May2011)



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  • Created by: JSMorrison
  • Added: 21 Jun 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 180579562
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC George Bernard Murray (6 Nov 1923–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 180579562, citing Arroyo Grande Cemetery, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) .