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Virtual Wednesday Nite @ The Lab

"Recovery and Identification of the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion: The First Battle of Makin Island"; William Belcher, University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Event Details

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
7-8:15 p.m.
During the early days of World War II, Col. Evans Carlson trained two battalions of US Marines in guerilla warfare and amphibious assault. This training was used in battle and 30 marines died. Using standard forensic techniques and the then innovative analysis of mitochondrial DNA, all 19 individuals were identified and returned to their families. This presentation will briefly go over the history and excavation of the site, but primarily focus on the techniques used to identify the individuals.