CPL Henry Andregg, Jr

CPL Henry Andregg, Jr

Whitwell, Marion County, Tennessee, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 23)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 181226749 · View Source
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Born in Whitwell, Tennessee on 17 March 1920, Henry Andregg Jr was the youngest son and 8th of 9 children blessed to the union of Henry Sr. and Fannie Ann (Holloway) Andregg.

When Junior was just 14, soon after the family moved from Marion County to Chattanooga, they lost their father in an auto accident; their mother passed just 3 years later.

On June 6, 1942, the 22-year-old Andregg boy walked into the Marine Corps office and enlisted. He trained at Marine Corps Base San Diego prior to shipping out into the Pacific Theater, bound for Wellington, New Zealand. There he would prepare for his first battle.

CPL Andregg was with this brothers in the Company C of the 2nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion 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 Henry - just 23 years old - perished.

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 May 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company of the American Graves Registration Services (AGRS) had recovered 532 sets of remains from burial sites across the Tarawa Atoll and interred them in Lone Palm Cemetery. The remains that could not be identified were designated as “Unknowns.”

In November 1946, the U.S. Army began disinterment to bring the remains to Oahu for identification at the Central Identification Laboratory. In 1949 and 1950, the remains that could not be identified were interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP – also known as the “Punchbowl”) in Honolulu.

In October 2016, due to recent advances in forensic technology, DPAA began the exhumation of unknown remains associated with Tarawa from NMCP and sent the remains to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

To identify Andregg’s remains, scientists from DPAA examined circumstantial evidence and conducted laboratory analyses, including dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparisons, which matched his records.

CPL Andregg was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Sr. and Fannie Ann Andregg; his sister Thelma Andregg, and his brother, Harry Andregg.

Those left to cherish his memory included his sisters, Charlotte Webb, Naomi Dawson, Peggy Jenkins, Susie Wagner, Elizabeth Lasater, and his brother, William Andregg - all now deceased.

Welcoming Junior home today are nieces and nephews, Dorothy (Webb) Rogers, Glenna (Webb) Raulston, Patsy (Andregg) Hubbard, Nancy (Lasater) Harris, Drenda (Webb) VanHooser, Butch Andregg, Tim Lasater, George Wagner, and Peggy (Wagner) Kelly, as well as many other extended family members.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home chapel on Friday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Brenda Woods officiating. Cpl. Andregg will be escorted by 1st Sergeant William Conner, of Battery M, 3rd Btn, 14th Marine Division. Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors provided. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 24, from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Sequatchie Valley Honor Guard, P.O. Box 786, Jasper, TN, 37347.

Online condolences can be made at www.reedfamilyfh.com.

Reed Funeral Home of Whitwell is in charge of arrangements.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL Henry Andregg, Jr (17 Mar 1920–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 181226749, citing Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) .