CPL Raymond Clark Snapp

CPL Raymond Clark Snapp

Birth
Illinois Bend, Montague County, Texas, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 24)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Keithville, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Plot SECTION 3 SITE 339
Memorial ID 182809327 · View Source
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Marine Corps Cpl. Raymond C. Snapp, 24, of Bonita, Texas, will be buried September 15 in Keithville, Louisiana.

In November 1943, Snapp was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 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. Snapp died on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

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 Snapp’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 (NMCP) in Honolulu.

In October 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-275 from the NMCP and sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

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

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs for their assistance in this mission.

Corporal Snapp's family has chosen to have his services on September 15, 2017

Link - DPAA: News Release (08.Sep.2017)
Link - DPAA: Recent News & Stories (14.July.2017)


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Gravesite Details Birth and exact reinterment location provided by JB BERRY (#47068852).

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  • Created by: JSMorrison
  • Added: 28 Aug 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 182809327
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL Raymond Clark Snapp (8 Sep 1919–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 182809327, citing Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, Keithville, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) .