PFC Lyle Ellis Charpilloz

PFC Lyle Ellis Charpilloz

Silverton, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 17)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Plot Block 9 | Section 99W | Lot 1
Memorial ID 185721475 · View Source
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Marine Corps Pfc. Lyle E. Charpilloz, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.

Son of Julius Abel and Alice (Eggleston) Charpilloz, Lyle was just 14 years old on 29 Jul 1941 when he lied about his age and enlisted in the Marine Corps.

In November 1943, Charpilloz was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine 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.

It was November 20, 1943 (D-Day for the "Battle of Tarawa") when young Lyle - just 17 years old - perished.

In May 2014, through a partnership with History Flight, Inc., DPAA received remains from a burial site on Tarawa. In October 2016, DPAA disinterred remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.
DPAA is grateful to History Fight, Inc. and the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnerships in this mission.

Charpilloz' name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Punchbowl (56117636) along with the other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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  • Added: 5 Dec 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 185721475
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Lyle Ellis Charpilloz (3 Mar 1926–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 185721475, citing Belcrest Memorial Park, Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) Burial Details Unknown.