PITTSBURGH — In a story April 2 about the burial of a Marine from Pittsburgh killed during World War II, The Associated Press, relying on information from the military, erroneously reported his age when he died. The Pentagon says Pvt. Edwin Jordan was 17, not 19.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Pittsburgh Marine killed during WWII to be buried April 9
Officials have announced that a Marine from Pittsburgh killed during World War II will be buried next week at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C
PITTSBURGH — Officials have announced that a Marine from Pittsburgh killed during World War II will be buried next week at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
The Department of Defense said 17-year-old Pvt. Edwin Jordan was killed on the first day of the battle of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands on Nov. 20, 1943.
Over several days of fighting, about 1,000 Marines and sailors were killed and more than 2,000 wounded in a U.S. victory that provided the Navy’s Pacific fleet a platform from which to launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline islands.
After the war, remains of those buried after the battle were recovered but Jordan’s remains weren’t among them. He was accounted for Sept. 27 after the Defense Department used advanced investigative techniques to locate further areas believed to contain remains. He will be buried Monday.