LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The remains of two Arkansas veterans killed in World War II and the Korean War have been found and returned to the state.

Marine Pfc. Larry Roberts of Damascus and Army Pfc. Robert Mitchell of Searcy were among the about 80,000 service members still unaccounted for from the two wars, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2rECNZs ) reported.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which identifies remains of American military members killed in action, matched DNA from the remains of Roberts and Mitchell to their relatives.

Roberts was assigned to a group of Marines that went against Japanese resistance on a small group of Pacific islands called Tarawa Atoll in November 1943. He was one of 1,000 Marines and sailors who were killed over several days of battle.

Mitchell was part of a unit that attacked the Korean People’s Army near the Pusan Perimeter in South Korea in September 1950. Mitchell was unaccounted for after the attacks.

Roberts’ remains were discovered in 2015 at a burial site on Betio Island, one of Tarawa’s small islands. Mitchell’s remains were found in 1952 in South Korea, but it took more than 60 years to positively identify them.

Roberts is expected to be buried Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Mitchell was buried in Beebe on Saturday.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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