Had the honor of riding escort with ALR 209 as the remains of PFC Ronald W. Vosmer USMC were brought home to Denver this past Friday. PFC Vosmer gave the last full measure on 20 November 1943. Here is his story:
In November 1943, Vosmer was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed a stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. Vosmer died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.
In June 2015 a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the battle.
Rest in peace PFC Vosmer, it was an honor to serve your family this week.
Chris "Bird" Earley
USAF 1975 - 1995
American Legion Riders 209
CR 2017 FNG