Makin Island

A BIT OF HISTORY….

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Makin Island

A true story about 19 marines killed on an island defending against the Japanese. They had to retreat, so the survivors asked the islanders to please bury them for us. Years later, they checked and found a man who had been a teenager then and remembered where the marines had been buried. They sent a C130 and an honor guard over there and found all 19 had been buried with their helmets on, their rifles in their hands, in perfect condition. The islanders had really done a wonderful job.

As they were loading the bodies, a voice from out of nowhere started singing The Marine Hymn”……….gave everyone goosebumps. Turns out, the voice was from a man who spoke no English but remembered a song the Marines taught him when they landed. Very touching. They got all 19 and their photos are at the end. This of course was WW2!

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