Glenn F. White

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.

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Stone Foundation

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

PFC Glenn Franklin White was reported as Killed in Action by shrapnel wounds to the head and chest on 22 November 1943 on Tarawa. Retired Wichita Police Chief Rick Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense in 2011/2012, investigated all of the unresolved Tarawa casualties using the Random Incident Statistical Correlation System (RISC) to compare the MIA's from Tarawa to all the "Unknowns" buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery. Chief Stone concluded that PFC White was NOT an "Unknown."  In July 2017, PFC White's family contacted the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation who confirmed that PFC White was not an "Unknown" but was buried in Grave 26, Row D, Cemetery 33 on Tarawa, which was known as one of Tarawa's “Lost Cemeteries."   After a building collapse on Tarawa in 2019, a contractor finally discovered Row D.  PFC White was identified from the long lost cemetery row and grave as indicated by Foundation research. His official identification was announced by the Department of Defense on 7 July 2021.

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!


Thank you for this additional information. How nice of you to share this. It completes this Marine's voyage and as an American who appreciates his service to our country, I am grateful.


Semper Fidelis PFC White. Welcome Home, Marine.

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