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A Veteran's Voice: Joseph Robert Livermore

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A Veteran's Voice: Joseph Robert Livermore

A Veteran's Voice: Joseph Robert Livermore

PFC Joseph Robert Livermore is laid to rest 76 years after he was KIA in the Battle for Tarawa in World War II.

His remains were discovered along with 32 other Marines earlier this year on the tiny South Pacific island.

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A Veteran's Voice: Joseph Robert Livermore

ON A TINY ISLAND IN THE SOUTHPACIFIC.MARINE PRIVATE FIRST CLASSJOSEPH ROBERT LIVERMORE WASPART OF THE FIERCE BATTLE FORTARAWA..

THE FIRST MAJOROFFENSIVE BY THE U-S AGAINSTJAPAN.AND HE REMAINED THERE..

ON THATSANDY ATOLL UNTIL EARLIERTHIS YEAR.HIS STORY TOLD TO 23ABC OVER THECOURSE OF THREE DAYS LASTWEEK..

WHEN HE WAS FINALLY LAIDTO REST.NATS - PROCESSIONIT WAS ONE WEEK AGO TODAY..PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JOSEPHROBERT LIVERMORE MADE HIS RETURNTO KERN COUNTY.A WORLD WAR II MARINE..

KILLEDIN ACTION..

GREETED BY CROWDSTHROUGHOUT BAKERSFIELD...SOME WITH A SALUTE IN HISMEMORY...NATS -OR A MOMENT OF SILENCE OUTSIDEHIS OLD ALMA MATER...NATS -FINALLY ARRIVING AT UNIONCEMETERY.NATS -HE LEFT BAKERSFIELD IN THE DAYSFOLLOWING THEATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR..ENLISTING IN THE MARINES..IT WAS THE LAST TIME HIS FAMILYWOULD SEE HIM..

BUT HISHOMETOWN WAS NEVER REALLY THATFAR AWAY.

WHEN P-F-C LIVERMOREWAS FINALLY DEPLOYED..

HESET SAIL FOR TARAWA IN THE SOUTHPACFIC.

AND THE LAST PLACE HE'DEVER EXPECT TO FIND ANOTHER GUYFROM BAKERSFIELD.SOT - GEORGE - 21840 - MYPARENTS WENT TOSCHOOL WITH ROBERT...ON THE WAY TO TARAWA..

GEORGESAID HIS FATHER JOE CLEROU..

AMARINE CAPTAIN..

WAS ASKED BYHIS MOM TO TRY AND FIND ROBERT..AMONGST THE THOUSANDS OF MARINESHEADED INTO BATTLE.SOT - MANIFEST..

GAVE PEP TALK..LIVERMORE..

1ST BATTLE..

NAVYBOMBING WEEKS..

CAKE WALK...THE BATTLE LASTED THREE DAYS..76 HOURS.

LIVERMORE AND THE 1STBATTALION 6TH MARINES LANDEDJUST OFF GREEN BEACH ON THE WESTSIDE OF THE ATOLL..

SLOSHINGTHRU CHEST DEEP WATER..

EXPOSEDTO ENEMY FIRE.ONCE ASHORE..

THE MARINESENGAGED THE JAPANESE OVERSEVERAL DAYS..ROBERT WAS KILLED DURING ANEARLY MORNING BANZAI CHARGEON THE LAST DAY OF FIGHTING.SOT - DICK - HAND TO HAND..

DUGIN..

57 MENLOST..

LIVERMORE..

BAYONETTHROATSOT - DICK - 1730 - I KNEWBATTLE LOST,DYING MARINES KEPT COMING.BUT THEIR SACRAFICE PAVED THEWAY FOR A U-S VICTORY.SOT - DICK - 22110 - DAD FLEWB25'S OFFTARAWA..JOSEPH ROBERT LIVERMORE WASBURIED WITH A THOUSAND OTHERMARINES ON TARAWA.BUT THE MARKERS WERE MOVED..

ANDTHE GRAVES LOST FORYEARS...THE GROUP 'HISTORY FLIGHT' HASBEEN ACTIVELYWORKING TO FIND AND RECOVER THEREMAINS OF U-S MARINES ONTARAWA FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS.EARLIER THIS YEAR..

LIVERMOREWAS ONE OF MORE THAN 30REMAINS DISCOVERED ON THISREMOTE ISLAND.NATS -THE FALLEN HEROS HAVE BEENRETURNED HOME WITH FULLMILITARY HONORS ALONG THE WAY...NATS -SOT - DARRELL FELIZ - 100940 -HOW FOUNDTHEM, PRESERVED..

GRAVE PRESERVEHIM.AND A RETURN THAT WON'T BEFORGOTTEN... SOT - NIKKI -22530 - INCREDIBLE..HIS BURIAL AT UNION CEMETERYMARKING THE END OF A LONGJOURNEY HOME..WE WANT TO TELL YOUR VETERANSSTORY.




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