The remains of U.S. Marine Private First Class Joseph Robert Livermore arrived in Bakersfield on Thursday. The young Marine was killed in combat at the Battle of Tarawa in World War II. He had been missing in action for 76 years.

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“His Lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21.

PFC Joseph Robert Livermore was reported as Killed in Action by bayonet wounds on 22 November 1943 on Tarawa. In 2011/2012, Chief Rick Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense (DoD), investigated all of the Tarawa MIA’s and determined that PFC Livermore was a biometric match to several “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery in Hawaii, however; a preponderance of the evidence indicated that PFC Livermore lay undiscovered on Tarawa in Cemetery 33, Row D, Grave Number 9. PFC Livermore’s family contacted the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation in May 2014 and Foundation researchers confirmed that PFC Livermore was buried in Grave 9, Row D, Cemetery 33 on Tarawa, which was known as one of Tarawa's “Lost Cemeteries”. A contractor paid to recover remains on Tarawa finally discovered Row D in Cemetery 33 on Tarawa in 2019. PFC Livermore was the identified from the long lost cemetery row listed by Foundation researchers and his official identification was announced by the DoD on 1 July 2019.

Welcome home Marine! We share the joy of your family in your return! God Bless you and thanks to ALL who never forgot you and your service to our country!

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