Makin Island--1942

Stories of Carlson's Marine Raiders 
and the Remains of the KIAs from the Makin Raid in August 1942

click here for
Island map

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These pictures from Kenneth Kunkle's memorial service.  The marine holding the urn standing is his great-nephew, Cpl. Scott A. Kunkle USMC.  The service was held yesterday, Jan. 27, 2001, in Mountain Home, AR. 

NBC News Story

Memorial Fund

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Gravesite photo compliments of Sikeston Standard Democrat,
Tim Jaynes, photographer
The Remains of Mason Yarbrough were returned to American soil on December 12, 2000 and buried in his home town on December 15.

Photo of
Mason O. Yarbrough
August 16, 1921 -- August 17, 1942

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Service for
Kenneth Kunkle
was January 27, 2001

This Web Site began as a tribute
to Mason Yarbrough and as a method to share information with Yarbrough family members. 

From the first moment the site was published, however, I knew that it would be not only devoted to one Marine Raider, but to the memory of all those lost on Makin that day in August 1942.

Please assist with information.  

If you are a family member of one of these men, please feel free to contact me regarding a contribution of information for this site.  We would love to add information, photos, or links to any articles from your local newspapers.

send to:
Shirley Catherine Anderson

spokesperson for this site 


Marine Raiders  Recovered:

Cpl. Mason O. Yarbrough, Sikeston, Mo.
December 15, 2000

Cpl. Kenneth K. Kunkle, Mountain Home, Ark.
January, 2001

Pfc. William A. Gallagher, Wyandotte, Mich.
Arlington National Cemetery, August, 2001

Sgt. Clyde Thomason, Atlanta, Ga.
Arlington National Cemetery, August, 2001

Capt. Gerald P. Holtom, Palo Alto, Calif.

FM1C. Vernon L. Castle, Stillwater, Okla.
Arlington National Cemetery, August, 2001

Cpl. I.B. Earles, Tulare, Calif.

Cpl. Daniel A. Gaston, Galveston, Tex.

Cpl. Harris J. Johnson, Little Rock, Iowa

Cpl. Edward Maciejewski, Chicago, Ill.

Cpl. Robert B. Pearson, Lafayette, Calif.

Pfc. Ashley W. Hicks, Waterford, Calif.

Pfc. Kenneth M. Montgomery, Eden, Wis.

Pfc. Norman W. Mortensen, Camp Douglas, Wis.

Pfc. John E. Vandenberg, Kenosha, Wis.

Pvt. Carlyle O. Larson, Glenwood, Minn.

Pvt. Robert B. Maulding, Vista, Calif.

Pvt. Franklin M. Nodland, Marshalltown, Iowa

Pvt. Charles A. Selby, Ontonagon, Mich.

If you knew any of these men
or have any facts to contribute,
please forward to .
Your information will also be forwarded 
to an appropriate family member.

Memorial Fund


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Gung Ho
Submitted by: Headquarters Marine Corps
Story Identification Number: 200112511656
Story by Staff Sgt. Keith Milks

Standard Democrat, Sikeston

(letter to the Editor)
from Marine Raider
Ashley Fisher
December 29, 2000

Honorable Burial at Last for Makin Atoll Heroes
Marines' remains left behind in '42 are found

Carl Nolte, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 26, 2000
2001 San Francisco Chronicle


Department of Defense

Bringing them Home
By Ken Ringle
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday , November 26, 2000

Marine returns home at last
by Scott Welton
Standard Democrat, Sikeston

of Marines brings families relief
Kentuckians part of quest to find bodies on island


LINKS to more Marine Raider Information