MARION, Ind. (AP) — A U.S. Marine killed in the Pacific in World War II has been buried in Indiana, 75 years after his death.
Fred Evert Freet was an 18-year-old private when he was killed during a battle on Betio in the Gilbert Islands — now known as Kiribati — on November 20, 1943. Without his remains, Freet was officially declared killed in action in 1949.
Freet’s remains were among those found on Betio in 2015 by History Flight, a nonprofit that searches for servicemen and women who are missing in action. He was identified in August using dental records and by matching DNA with his surviving relatives.
Freet was awarded a Purple Heart medal among other honors during his funeral Thursday at the Marion National Cemetery.