On June 17, the Nebraska Chapter of Honor and Remember stopped at Lakewood High School to honor the memory of Marine Sgt. Fae V. Moore.
Moore, a Nebraska resident, was killed in the Battle of Tarawa at the age of 23. The battle was fought from Nov. 20 through 23, 1943, over a Japanese airstrip on the Tarawa Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Moore landed with the marines on Betio Island, on the southwest end of the atoll, and was killed on Nov. 20. About 6,400 Americans, Japanese and Koreans were killed in the three-day battle.
In June 2015, History Flight, a non-governmental organization dedicated to finding, recovering and repatriating America’s war dead to American soil, discovered Moore’s remains along with 36 other Marines’ remains on Betio Island.
“We’re gathered here to honor and remember the service and sacrifice of those who gave the last full measure of devotion,” said Timothy Jacobson, captain of Lakewood’s Honor Guard. “As a nation, we can’t allow those who gave their lives for this country to ever be forgotten.”
Moore’s nephew and closest remaining living relative, Larry Denton, is a Lakewood resident. He received an Honor and Remember flag, as well as the honor of Lakewood police, Marines and area veterans.
“My uncle is finally being put to rest,” Denton said. “I know my grandmother is looking down with nothing but smiles. He is home.”