Marine Corps Pfc. Michael Kocopy, killed during World War II, was accounted for Aug. 27, 2019.
(Official DoD release will be updated following Primary Next of Kin briefing.)
In November 1943, Kocopy was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 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. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Kocopy died on the first and second day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943. He was reported to have been buried in the Central Division Cemetery, which was eventually renamed to Cemetery #26.