WWII Marine – PFC George Bernard Murray remains are coming home after 74 years!
Fourteen days after his 20th birthday, PFC Murray who was 4,840 miles away from his hometown of Oceano, California, was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest, after four days of intense fighting in November of 1943.
He was part of the 2nd Marine Regiment and arrived to the island (it measures less than a square mile) of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll.
It was thought to be a key part of securing a foothold in the Pacific and launching an attack against the Japanese. It was one of WWII’s deadliest conflicts for a 76 hour span and some Marine commanders have likened it to the battles at Gettysburg, because of the loss of life.
FLAG LINE DETAIL NEEDED
Welcome Home Military Heroes was asked to provide a Flag Line
at the graveside service in Arroyo Grande.
We need as many Veterans and Patriots from our group as possible,
to help with this mission.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THE DETAILS BELOW
This is going to be a huge gathering so we need our Flag Patriots to be
at the cemetery by 10 am sharp.
FLAG LINE: RSVP REQUIRED for Flag Detail
(See below for link to email RSVP or call Cheryl Tolan 805.478.9018)
DATE: Friday, August 18
TIME: Arrive 10 am SHARP!
LOCATION: Arroyo Grande Cemetery
895 El Camino Real, Arroyo Grande
PARKING: YOU MUST PARK OUTSIDE OF CEMETERY – please see the attached map for nearby streets to park.