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Elden William Grimm, KIA
USMC – WWII
Neenah, Wisconsin – 26 May 2018
ABOUT THE MISSION:
Sgt. Grimm was assigned to Able Company (A Co), 1st Battalion, 18th Marine Regiment (Engr) (A-1/18), Second Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, where he was a demolition specialist. On November 25, 1943, Sgt. Elden Grimm was killed during the invasion of Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands (now the Republic of Kiribati). This is the second Marine that has come home recently from this battle.
Sgt. Grimm was posthumously awarded the Victory Medal – World War II, the Purple Heart and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (two stars), and today is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Scientists from DPAA who used dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his records, and DNA testing, recently identified Sgt. Grimm’s remains. His surviving relatives are bringing him home to Neenah to be buried next to his mother.
PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 26 May 2018
Primary Staging Time: 1:00 P.M.
Oakridge Rd (just west of Hwy 41)
Neenah, Wisconsin –
Military Graveside Service 2:00 p.m.
Flags & Water:
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.
Submitted By: John Curran
Position: State Captain
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