PFC Joseph Robert “Bob” Livermore

PFC Joseph Robert “Bob” Livermore

Bakersfield, Kern County, California, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 21)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Bakersfield, Kern County, California, USA
Memorial ID 201610326 · View Source
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Marine Corps PFC Joseph Robert Livermore, missing from World War II, will be returned to his family on November 14, 2019. Bob will be laid to rest next to his mother at Union Cemetery the following day.

A baby brother to Dorothy Mary Cecilia and Evelyn Elizabeth, John Robert Livermore was the youngest of 3 and only son blessed to the union of Joseph Lender and Dorothy Delfina (Lisalda) Livermore.

"Robert" was just 13 years old when his father passed. His big sister Dorothy had died just two years earlier and the loss had taken a severe toll. Fortunately, their family was strong and supportive - two of the Bakersfield community's oldest - and Dorothy and her 2 young children persevered.

"Bob" attended St Joseph's Catholic School and later East Bakersfield High School, where he starred in football.

Private First Class Livermore entered the U.S. Marine Corps on December 8, 1941 - the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was a member of the Hageman Wegis detachment of the Marine Corps League in Bakersfield.

Bob was with his brothers in Bravo Company, 1st Battalion of the 6th Marines (B-1-6) when they landed on Betio as part of Operation: GALVANIC. The mission of the 2nd Marine Division 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 22nd (D+2 of the "Battle of Tarawa") when young Bob - just 21 years old - perished. He was reported to've been buried in Divisional 33 cemetery on Tarawa.

On Christmas Day, a telegram was placed into the hands of his mother.

The New Year found the Livermore family at St Joseph's Church - a mass celebrating his life.

Left to mourn him were his mother and sister, Evelyn (Livermore) Feliz; as well as his aunts, uncle and cousins.

In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company centralized all of the American remains found on Tarawa to Lone Palm Cemetery for later repatriation; however, almost half of the known casualties were never found. No recovered remains could be associated with Livermore, and in October 1949, a Board of Review declared him “non-recoverable.”

In March 2019, History Flight, Inc, a nonprofit organization, discovered a burial site on Betio Island that was later determined to be Cemetery 33. These remains were turned over to the DPAA and on June 24, 2019 they announced that – through the use of dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence - PFC Livermore had been identified. On June 24, 2019, the DPAA officially announced that Marine Corps Private First Class Joseph R Livermore, missing from World War II, was accounted for.

Bob will be returned to his family on November 14, 2019 and laid to rest next to his mother at Union Cemetery the following day.

Marine Corps Private First Class Joseph R. Livermore's name is permanently inscribed on Court 4 of the "Courts of the Missing" at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific's Honolulu Memorial (56123534, a cenotaph). A rosette will be placed next to his name indicating that Bob has finally been found.

Jennifer Morrison, volunteer forensic genealogist
DPAA Release No: 19-131 (July 31, 2019)
Marine Corps POW/MIA Section
American Battle Monuments Commission

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  • Created by: JSMorrison
  • Added: 28 Jul 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 201610326
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Joseph Robert “Bob” Livermore (24 Feb 1922–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 201610326, citing Union Cemetery, Bakersfield, Kern County, California, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) Burial Details Unknown.