The bodies of two Iowa veterans will be laid to rest today in Arlington, Virginia, nearly six decades after they were killed in battle. The Iowans were part of a World War Two commando unit known as the Marine Raiders. 19 U-S soldiers were among those captured and executed after an attack on a Japanese-held island in the South Pacific on today’s date — August 17th of 1942. A native of Makin Atoll said he helped bury the bodies long ago and recently led officials to the site. After a lengthy identification process, they’ve all been accounted for and will be buried today at Arlington National Cemetery. The Marines’ remains include: Corporal Harris Johnson of northwest Iowa’s Little Rock and Private Franklin Nodland of Marshalltown.
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