DYER, Ind. (AP) - The U.S. military says human remains found decades ago on a Pacific island have been identified as those of a U.S. Marine from northwestern Indiana who died in a World War II battle against Japanese forces.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Pfc. Leonard A. Tyma's remains were identified using dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis and other evidence.
The 21-year-old Dyer, Indiana, man died on Nov. 20, 1943, during the first waves of the U.S. 2nd Marine Division's assault on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands.
The military says about 1,000 Marines and sailors died during several days of intense fighting at Tarawa.
Tyma's remains were recovered in the 1940s, but weren't identified until Aug. 6.
MORE TOP STORIES | FDA inspection finds ' insanitary conditions' at Monat manufacturing facility | Indy mother says she won't pay funeral home until she gets her son's ashes | Road work to shut down sections of I-465 until early October | IMPD officer under investigation, video shows her carrying shotgun & spraying tear gas at people | Mother arrested after 2-year-old son left in hot car outside Delaware County apartment complex
Top Trending Videos