Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Emil F. Ragucci, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.
In November 1943, Ragucci was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 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. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Ragucci died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.
In September 2013, through a partnership with History Flight, Inc., JPAC (a predecessor to DPAA) received remains from a burial site on Tarawa.
DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.
Interment services are pending; more information will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.
Ragucci’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Punchbowl along with the other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.