PFC Robert Leroy Zehetner

PFC Robert Leroy Zehetner

Cottonwood, Lyon County, Minnesota, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 19)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing, Court 4
Memorial ID 56136302 · View Source
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PFC Robert L. Zehetner, killed during World War II, was accounted for on June 20, 2018. In November 1943, Zehetner was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 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.

Zehetner died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943. DPAA is grateful to the Department for Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this mission.

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

Zehetner'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.
Robert's re-interment information - Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida, if you can re-assign this memorial page to that cemetery (especially before a new page is created by someone else). Hodges Family Funeral Home in Dade City Florida is arranging reinterment for the family.

Following is the funeral home's obituary for Robert:
Robert Leroy Zehetner(July 02, 1924 - November 20, 1943)Robert L Zehetner, passed away while fighting for our country on November 20, 1943. He served in the Marines during World War II. Robert received a Purple Heart Medal for wounds he received in action against the enemy on November 20, 1943 on Tarawa. He also received a Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. Roberts remains were previously unidentified and buried in Tarawa until 1949 where he was placed in the National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was recently identified and will be placed at Florida National Cemetery.Robert and his family lived in Greenfield and he attended Pasco High School until he joined the service in 1941.His father, Roy passed away in 1985; his mother, Irene passed away in 1989; brother, Tommy passed away in 1998; and his sister, Lois Snyder passed away in 2016. Robert is survived by his sister: Janan Smith; and several nieces and nephews.A graveside service will be held on November 30, 2018 at 11:00 am at Florida National Cemetery.Arrangements were made by Hodges Family Funeral Home.

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  • Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56136302
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Robert Leroy Zehetner (2 Jul 1924–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56136302, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .