- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The remains of a New Yorker recovered along with those of 34 other Marines killed in a bloody Pacific island assault during WWII have been identified.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that the remains of Pfc. James B. Johnson of Poughkeepsie are being returned for burial at Arlington National Cemetery on May 31.

The Pentagon agency says the 19-year-old Johnson was killed during the assault on Tarawa in November 1943 while serving in the 2nd Marine Division. He was among 1,000 Marines and sailors killed in the battle.

Last June, the Florida-based nonprofit organization History Flight announced it had found the burial site of what were believed to be 35 Marines.

Scientists used dental records and DNA analysis to match Johnson’s DNA with a nephew, James C. Johnson of Melbourne, Florida.



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