PFC Elmer Lewis “Rabbit” Mathies, Jr

PFC Elmer Lewis “Rabbit” Mathies, Jr

Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 56124582 · View Source
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Elmer's remains were recovered from Cemetery 27 located under a parking lot in Tarawa in 2015. He is now interred in the West Park Cemetery, Hereford, Texas.

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A "Rosette" was placed in front of his name here at Honolulu to signify that his remains were recovered.

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Elmer served as a Private First Class, HQ Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

He resided in Oklahoma prior to the war.

Elmer was "Killed In Action" by a sniper in Tarawa during the war. It was known, at that time, where he was interred. But as time passed it became unknown and he was declared "Missing In Action".

His status was changed to "Killed In Action" after his remains were recovered.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 306665

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56124582
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Elmer Lewis “Rabbit” Mathies, Jr (30 Jul 1923–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56124582, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .