Special to The Gazette
World War II Marine Private First Class (Pfc.) Glenn White was Killed In Action on the island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll, of the Gilbert Islands, Nov. 22, 1943.
During the fierce fighting for this island, approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors were killed and 2,000 wounded. Pfc. White was killed on the 3rd day of the battle, and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his brave actions and extreme courage. Previously listed as “Not Recoverable,” Pfc. White has been identified and will be repatriated for burial in Emporia. The following events are open to the public.
On Friday, Sept. 17, Pfc. White will be repatriated to his family in a private ceremony at Kansas City International Airport shortly after noon. An escorted procession will then proceed via I-435, I-35, and Sixth Avenue in Emporia to Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home with a planned arrival time between 3 - 4 p.m.
The public is encouraged to honor Pfc. White and this Gold Star family anywhere along this route. Emporia-area residents can join in a flag line East of Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home along Sixth Avenue.
At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, Pfc. White will be escorted from the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home to Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
The procession will head west on Sixth Avenue to Prairie Street, then continue north to the cemetery. The public is welcome and encouraged to pay their respects anywhere along the route.
A graveside service will occur at 11 a.m. Military honors, to include a “Missing Man” fly-by will be provided by the Marine Corps. The public is welcome to attend.