The remains of a U.S. serviceman, unaccounted for since World War Two, have finally been laid to rest.
Marine Corps PFC, Larry Roberts from Damascus, Arkansas was just 18-years-old when he was killed in November 1943.
Roberts was helping to secure an island against Japanese resistance.
Despite multiple recovery options, Roberts’ remains were declared non-recoverable by a military review board.
But in 2015, a non-governmental organization discovered his remains along with 35 other U.S. servicemen who fought in the 1943 battle.
“It took two-years, but thanks to the amazing work of the POW / MIA accounting agency, we were able to identify the remains of PFC Roberts. It was heartening news, especially to the Roberts family. And now, I’m happy to say, he’s been laid to rest back on American soil in out most hallowed ground, Arlington National Cemetery. I had the honor of attending his funeral today,” Sen. Tom Cotton said.
Of the 16-million Americans who served in World War Two, there are still a little more than 73,000 service members unaccounted for.