Marine Corp Raiders Finally at Home

Marine Honor GuardForwarded by a friend: A true story about 19 US Marines killed on Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Islands during WWII.

The battalion was sent to destroy a Japanese seaplane base, and accomplished their mission. Hurriedly departing under fire from hostile aircraft, they were unable to carry away their dead, and asked the islanders to bury them.

Years later, a man who had been a teenager during WWII remembered where they were buried, and notified the US military. The Marines sent a C130 and an honor guard over there and found all 19 had been buried with their helmets on, their rifles in their hands, in perfect condition. The islanders had really done a wonderful job.

As they were loading the bodies, a voice from out of nowhere started singing “The Marine Hymn” and gave everyone goose bumps. The voice was from a man who spoke no English but remembered a song the Marines taught him when they landed. It was important to them, so it was important to him.

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