Remains of World War II Marine to Return to Whitwell
Marion County, Tennessee (WDEF) – After 75 years, a World War II soldier’s remains have been identified and are being returned home to Marion County.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Henry Andregg, Jr. of Whitwell.
Haslam has declared a day of mourning and ordered flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, August 25 in honor of Corporal Andregg’s ultimate sacrifice.
Andregg was presumably killed during the Battle of Tarawa on November 20, 1943. He was 22-years old.
He had been assigned to Company C, 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 2nd Marine Division at the time of the infamous battle that killed approximately 1,000 marines and sailors and wounded more than 2,000 service members.
Previously, Andregg’s remains were interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu in an unidentified grave.
The U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed his remains in October, 2016 and the remains were identified in May, 2017 using DNA analysis.
“The heroism of those who fought in World War II and the Battle of Tarawa continues to inspire us today,” Haslam said. “As a 22 year old Marine, Henry had just started his adult life, but courageously chose to give the ultimate sacrifice for his country.”
“Several of Corporal Andregg’s nieces and nephews will receive valuable closure by laying their uncle to rest in Tennessee,” Grinder said. “We are honored to have the chance to recognize the valor of this American hero and to remember the loss suffered by his family, friends and community.”
Visitation will be on Thursday, August 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CDT at the Reed Funeral Home at 11675 Highway 28 in Whitwell.
Funeral services will be held at the Reed Funeral Home on Friday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. CDT. Following the funeral services, the graveside service will be at the Chattanooga National Cemetery at 1200 Bailey Avenue, in Chattanooga.
Andregg is survived by his nieces Dorothy Rogers and Glenna Raulston of Whitwell, Peggy Wagner of Signal Mountain, Drenda Van Hoosier of Lawrenceville, GA and nephews Tim Lasater of Whitwell and George Wagner of Dunlap.