Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Carlsen, H.)
By DPAA Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2018 - Marine Corps Reserve Tech Sgt. Harry A. Carlsen, killed during World War II, 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.
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