PFC Larry R. Roberts, Welcome Home

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Private First Class (USMC) Larry L. Roberts of Damascus was 18 when he made the ultimate sacrifice November 25, 1943.

Roberts was assigned to Special Weapons Group, 2nd Defense Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island.

74 years later, Larry Roberts is being returned to his family for burial with full militray honors.

To the family, Van Buren County would like to offer our sincerest gratitude, admiration, and condolences. And to PFC Roberts: Semper Fi, and welcome home, Marine.