Marine killed in W.W. II returns back to Whitwell

WHITWELL, Tenn. (WDEF) – In a moving manner the casket of Corporal Henry Andregg was carried in front of his remaining family members at an airport in Atlanta to return back to his home in Whitwell.

Cpl. Andregg’s relatives call him Junior.

“In our minds we never thought we’d seen Junior again and even, after 70 something, 74 years that we were shocked that they had finally identified the remains,” Cpl. Andregg’s great-grandnephew Skip Rogers said.

Cpl. Andregg was killed in action during the battle of Tarawa just over a year after he joined the Marine Corps.

“This Tarawa … was the most bloodiest battle that the marines had ever been involved with,” Rogers said.

Cpl. Andregg went from missing in action to killed in action.

His bones were eventually found and taken to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu and placed in an unidentified grave.

His remains were exhumed in 2016 and identified through DNA in May of 2017.

“The process that they told us was the dental records, the chest cavity, … head, and the whole story has come together,” Rogers said.

Rogers said his family members found out that their relative had been identified after his Aunt in Atlanta came across a newspaper article.

“When we actually read this in the paper and the KIA, MIA said this is definitely Henry Andregg, Jr. we was relieved,” Rogers said.

A funeral will for Cpl. Andregg will be held at the Reed Funeral Home in Whitwell on Friday starting at 10 a.m. CT.

He will then be buried with full military honors at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has declared a day of morning and ordered flags to fly at half-staff Friday to honor the marine.

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