More than 7,000 miles from Arlington National Cemetery lie the bodies of sailors and marines who lost their lives in World War II during the Battle of Tarawa.

Their final resting place is anything but idyllic -- surrounded by trash and pigpens, they are buried under pavement.

WUSA9 Reporter Mike Valerio is investigating how they ended up there and the efforts by private Americans to bring them home.

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Mike traveled back to Tarawa to continue his investigation. Follow his journey here:

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