VIDEO TRIBUTE: Return to Makin Island
By Space Coast Daily // February 23, 2014
ABOVE VIDEO: On this 69th anniversary of perhaps the most famous moment of World War II, the flag raising on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945, this video is about the long forgotten 19 U.S. Marines killed on Makin Island in 1942 defending against the Japanese.
The retreating Marines asked the local islanders to bury the 19 dead Marines, and they were forgotten for 57 years until a Makin Islander who had been a teenager in 1942 remembered where they were buried.
The Marines sent a C-130 and an honor guard to Makin island and recovered all 19, who had been buried with their helmets and dog tags on, their rifles in their hands, and in perfect condition.
As the Marine honor guards were loading the remains, a voice from out of nowhere started singing “The Marine Hymn” – the voice was from a man who spoke no English, but remembered a song the Marines taught him when they landed 57 years before.