-- Marine Pvt. Harry K. Tye, 21, of Orinoco, Kentucky,
will be buried March 28 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington,
D.C. Tye was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd
Marine Division. On Nov. 20, 1943, Tye’s unit landed on the small island
of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll against fierce Japanese resistance. Tye
was killed on Nov. 20, 1943. Read more on Tye.
-- Army Air Forces Capt. Albert L. Schlegel, 25, of Cleveland, Ohio, will be buried March 30 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Schlegel disappeared Aug. 28, 1944, while piloting his P-51D Mustang on a ground strafing mission near Strasbourg, France. In his final communication, the fighter "ace” radioed he’d been hit by heavy anti-aircraft fire and would need to bail out. Historical records indicated that locals in Valmy, France reported that an unknown American aviator was captured in their village that same evening. Read more about Schlegel.
-- Army Cpl. Jules Hauterman Jr., 19, of Hampden, Massachusetts, will be buried March 31 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Hauterman was a medic with the Medical Platoon, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, attached to the 31st Regimental Combat Team deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. The RCT was attacked by an overwhelming number of Chinese forces in late November 1950. Hauterman was among 1,300 members of the RCT killed or captured in enemy territory. He was reported missing as of Dec. 2, 1950. Read more about Hauterman.
-- Army Cpl. Joseph N. Pelletier, 20, of Berlin, New Hampshire, will be buried March 28 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Pelletier was assigned to Headquarters Battery, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, near the Central Corridor in North Korea. While supporting Korean-led attacks on Chinese forces, they were caught in a massive Chinese counterattack on Feb. 11, 1951. Pelletier was declared missing on Feb. 13, 1951. Read more about Pelletier.
-- Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Donald S. Spayd was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. On Nov. 20, 1943, Spayd’s unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll against fierce Japanese resistance. Spayd was killed on Nov. 20, 1943. Interment services are pending. Read more on Spayed.
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