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Lost WWII Soldier is Found. Will be Laid to Rest April 7 in Salem

USMC Pfc. Lyle E. Charpilloz from Silverton, OR died November 20, 1943. He will finally be laid to rest April 7, 2018 in Salem.

This Saturday the state of Oregon will have the opportunity to lay to rest one of its native sons, an Oregon veteran thought lost since World War II.

Marine Corps Pfc. Lyle Ellis Charpilloz (shar-pill-oze) was born in Silverton and grew up on a farm in Silverton that is still owned by his family today.

PFC Lyle E. Charpilloz was just 15 years old when he joined the Marines in 1941, and just 17 when he died on November 20, 1943 during the first wave of the battle of Tarawa.

Lyle earned a Purple Heart, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and a Combat Action Ribbon.

In November 1943, Charpilloz was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance in an attempt to secure the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll.

Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. Charpilloz died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943. His remains were never returned to the family, who believed he had been lost forever.

Last December, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Charpilloz’s remains had been positively identified through DNA matching with his one surviving sibling, a sister.

Lyle E. Charpilloz will be honored during a funeral service at 2 p.m. April 7 at Grace Baptist Church, 4197 State St. in Salem. A procession will follow to the cemetery at Belcrest Memorial Park, 1295 Browning Ave. S., where he will be laid to rest — almost 75 years after his death.

The service is open to the public. ODVA has spoken with the family of Pfc. Charpilloz, and they would be touched if the veteran community were there in support.

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