Remains of Marine Killed in WWII Will Be Transported to Our Area This Week
A Marine who was killed in action in WWII, whose remains have been in an Unknown status since his death in 1943, has recently been identified. He is Corporal Raymond Clark Snapp. He was born September 8, 1919 in Illinois Bend, Texas. He was raised in Bonita, Texas.
His remains will be flown into DFW Airport, transported in a funeral procession to Shreveport where he will be laid to rest with full military honors at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery on Friday, September 15th at 10:00 AM. The Cemetery is at 7970 Mike Clark Road in Keithville.
Snapp was killed in action on November 20, 19443 at the Battle of Tarawa. He was assigned to Foxtrot Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division.
Corporal Snapp was buried on the island of Betio until 1947, when his remains were repatriated to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Oahu, Hawaii. His remains were not identifiable at the time and were buried in the Battle of Tarawa Unknowns in 1949.
In October 2016, due to improvements in scientific technology and the collection of DNA Family Reference Samples for USMC casualties from the Battle of Tarawa, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) was authorized to exhume 94 sets of remains buried as Unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
In July 2017, DPAA positively identified the remains of Corporal Snapp. After conducting genealogical research and DNA confirmation, DPAA located and contacted Corporal Snapp’s closest living relative, who lives in Shreveport, LA. A procession escorted by US Marines, local law enforcement agencies and the Patriot Guard Riders will accompany Corporal Snapp’s remains from DFW to Osborn Funeral Home at 3631 Southern Ave in Shreveport, LA.
At 9:00AM on Friday, a similar procession will depart Osborn Funeral Home to the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville, LA. At 10:00AM a burial service with full Marine Corps Military Honors will be held at the Cemetery.
This historic event is open to the public.