TSgt Harry Arnold “Bud” Carlsen

TSgt Harry Arnold “Bud” Carlsen

Brookfield, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 31)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 56117249 · View Source
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Tech Sgt. Harry A. Carlsen was accounted for on June 4, 2018.

In November 1943, Carlsen was assigned to Company A, 2nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 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.

Carlsen died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943, during the first waves of the assault.

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Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

Carlsen's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from World War II.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
04 OCT 2018
WASHINGTON — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, accounted-for from World War II, are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.Marine Corps Reserve Tech. Sgt. Harry A. Carlsen, 31, of Brookfield, Illinois, accounted for on June 4, 2018, will be buried October 13, in Elwood, Illinois.

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  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56117249
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSgt Harry Arnold “Bud” Carlsen (4 Jan 1912–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56117249, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .