TIMELINE: The Battle of Tarawa & a family's journey to the truth

Howard Brisbane's relatives thought he was buried in an idyllic setting. But only days after his death, the WWII servicemember's gravesite was gone - turned into a parking lot, first paved by Americans.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Seven decades later, American WWII servicemembers remain in unmarked, forgotten graves. They’re halfway across the world – some 7,200 miles from the hallowed ground of Arlington National Cemetery. One family says the government left them in the dark about where their loved one’s fate.

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This timeline details the Battle of Tarawa – and the Brisbane Family’s journey to the truth about Navy sailor Howard Pascal Brisbane.

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