The remains of US Marine Private First Class George Traver finally returned home to the Capital Region and being returned to the family plot in Chatham.
“Today means to me that there’s going to be a closure; my grandmother’s going to be real happy. She’s been waiting for this for a long time,” says Dorothea Wheeler.
Dorothea was just 7 years old when her grandmother received the telegram confirming that George Traver, 25 years old, had been killed. The news was delivered just two days before Christmas, 1943.
The Marine was killed 73 years ago in Tarawa in the South Pacific, November 20, 1943. Bodies were found in a mass trench grave over a year ago and the service members were finally brought home. They were honored by a patriotic procession to Chatham.
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