Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Remains of WWII Marine Finally Home

More than 70 years later, WWII Marine arrives home
Nick Sturdivant
Published: April 5, 2016

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – After more than 70 years, a United States Marine finally made it back home to Florence.

A Japanese sniper killed Sgt. John Charlton Holladay in 1943. However, on Monday his family finally got the chance to give him a proper burial.

Many across the area attended Holladay’s ceremony to recognize the once lost soldier. His family was at Charleston International Airport to receive his remains Friday.

Holladay was U.S. Marine during World War II, but after his death bombing runs would destroy the temporary grave he was buried in.

Last year, workers in the Solomon Islands found his remains in the jungle and through a DNA testing connected this missing marine back with his family.
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