Ret. Marine Col. Elwin Hart holds a trophy made in honor of Elmer “Rabbit” Mathies, Jr., a close friend he served with during World War II. Mathies died with 1,100 Marines at the Battle of Tarawa, a small Pacific island. His remains and those of approximately 36 fellow soldiers were finally recovered last year. Hart hopes to present the likeness to remaining family members if they hold a funeral.
Ret. Marine Col. Elwin Hart holds a trophy made in honor of Elmer “Rabbit” Mathies, Jr., a close friend he served with during World War II. Mathies died with 1,100 Marines at the Battle of Tarawa, a small Pacific island. His remains and those of approximately 36 fellow soldiers were finally recovered last year. Hart hopes to present the likeness to remaining family members if they hold a funeral. Drew Perine dperine@thenewstribune.com
Ret. Marine Col. Elwin Hart holds a trophy made in honor of Elmer “Rabbit” Mathies, Jr., a close friend he served with during World War II. Mathies died with 1,100 Marines at the Battle of Tarawa, a small Pacific island. His remains and those of approximately 36 fellow soldiers were finally recovered last year. Hart hopes to present the likeness to remaining family members if they hold a funeral. Drew Perine dperine@thenewstribune.com

‘Find Rabbit’: Marine’s 70-year search for fallen friend finally ends with recovery of missing cemetery

February 25, 2016 4:00 AM