Marine Corps Platoon Sgt. George E. Trotter, The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Platoon Sgt. George E. Trotter, 38, of Kansas City, Missouri, killed during World War II, was accounted for on April 16, 2019. In November 1943, Trotter was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against still 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 at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. rotter died on the first day of the battle, November 20, 1943. Arrival of Platoon Sergeant George Ernest Trotter remains will be on August 6th, 2019 and will be escorted back to Taos New Mexico and placed in state at DeVargas Funeral Home of Taos. Platoon Sergeant George Ernest Trotter is survived by his great niece Mary Gould and husband Richard of Taos, their children Ashley O’Brian and her companion Cooper Blankenship, and children Jacob O’Brian and Erik O’Brian and wife Wendy; great nephew Henry Roy Liles and wife Barbara; along with numerous other great great nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Public visitation will be on August 7th and 8th in the Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home of Taos, memorial service will be held on Friday August 9th, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. also in the Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home of Taos with burial to follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery with full military honors. The family of Platoon Sergeant George Ernest Trotter has entrusted their loved on to DeVargas Funeral Home of Taos. 575-300-5288 www.devargastaos.com
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