PVT Emil Francesco Ragucci

PVT Emil Francesco Ragucci

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 19 Nov 1943 (aged 19)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 185721853 · View Source
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Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Emil F. Ragucci, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.

Emil was the 7th of 11 children born to Italian immigrants, Nicola and Carmela (Fasolina) Ragucci.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps on November 5, 1942 in Phildalphia, Pennsylvania.

In November 1943, Ragucci was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 2nd 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 20th (D-Day for the "Battle of Tarawa") when young Emil - just 19 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 September 2013, through a partnership with History Flight, Inc., JPAC (a predecessor to DPAA) received remains from a burial site on Tarawa. It was announced that he'd been identified in December of 2017, and would soon be returned to his family.

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

Ragucci's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing (56119824) at the Punchbowl 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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  • Created by: JSMorrison
  • Added: 5 Dec 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 185721853
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Emil Francesco Ragucci (17 Jan 1924–19 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 185721853, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) Burial Details Unknown.