Thomas Jesse Murphy

Thomas Jesse Murphy

Birth
Greencastle, Putnam County, Indiana, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 22)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 14 | Row 495 | Grave 3
Memorial ID 184365339 · View Source
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Navy Reserve Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class Thomas Jesse Murphy, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.

Son of Jesse & Anne (Thornbrough) Murphy.

In November 1943, Murphy was assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Fleet Marine Force, 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. Murphy was killed on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

A visitation will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. May 27 in the Zettler Funeral Home, 2646 Pleasant Ave.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. May 28 with full military honors at Greenwood Cemetery. The service will be open to the public.

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.

Murphy's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP (56126561), an American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.


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  • Created by: JSMorrison
  • Added: 17 Oct 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 184365339
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Jesse Murphy (25 Feb 1921–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 184365339, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) Unknown.