PH2 William Horace Blancheri
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PH2 William Horace Blancheri

Birth
Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 19)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Cenotaph Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Walls of the Missing--Remains recovered
Memorial ID 56754473 · View Source
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Through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the remains of U.S. Navy (Naval Reserve) Petty Officer (Pharmacist's Mate) 3rd Class William H. Blancheri, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Aug. 14, 2018. In November 1943, Blancheri was a member of Headquarters Company, 2nd 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 (the Battle of Tarawa), 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. PHM2 Blancheri died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943, during the first waves of the assault. Next of kin listed as (Parents), Mr. and Mrs. Louis Charles Blancheri, 4403 Tourmaline St., Los Angeles, California. His name is permanently inscribed on the “Walls of the Missing” at Manila American Cemetery.

WASHINGTON — December 17, 2018
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Reserve Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class William H. Blancheri, 19, of Los Angeles, killed during World War II, was accounted for Aug. 14, 2018.In November 1943, Blancheri was a member of Headquarters Company, 2nd 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. Blancheri died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943, during the first waves of the assault.The battle of Tarawa was a significant victory for the U.S. military because the Gilbert Islands provided the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet a platform from which to launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands to advance their Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.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. Blancheri was reportedly buried in Cemetery #26. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and 1947, but Blancheri’s remains were not identified. All of the remains found on Tarawa were sent to the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification in 1947. By 1949, the remains that had not been identified were interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) in Honolulu.On Dec. 5, 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-016 from the NMCP, and sent the remains to the laboratory.To identify Blancheri’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this missio

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56754473
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PH2 William Horace Blancheri (10 Aug 1924–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56754473, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .