WWII Marine Will Finally be Laid to Rest in Michigan
During a battle on Kunishi Ridge in 1945 an 18-year-old Marine private from Detroit was killed. There was heavy fighting on the Japanese island of Okinawa during WWII, and on June 14th Robert McConachie lost his life.
The Pentagon's Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office said that McConachie's remains arrived in Hawaii in 1987 at the Army's Central Identification Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
After many years of unsuccessful attempts at identifying the remains, mitochondrial DNA and dental records were used to finally identify and return McConachie to Michigan.
Seven decades after his passing McConachie will be buried Monday at Fort Custer National Cemetery.