Clarence Ell Drumheiser

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Private First Class (“PFC”) Clarence E. Drumheiser was killed in action in World War II on November 22, 1943 during the third day of combat on the Pacific Island of Betio, Tarawa Atoll, in the Gilbert Islands. Service: PFC Drumheiser will be buried with full military honors at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Military Cemetery on Friday, December 7, 2018. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on February 10, 1942. Prior to the battle at Tarawa, PFC Drumheiser also fought with his Marine Corp Division at Guadalcanal. At the end of the war the United States began the task of returning its war dead from all wartime theaters. Due to the confusion of the battle at Tarawa, PFC Drumheiser' s remains became unidentified. His remains were sent back to the continental United States in 1947 and interred as an “unknown” in the National Military Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. In January, 2017 the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (“DPAA”) exhumed PFC Drumheiser's remains for examination in order to apply new methods of identification. Subsequently, on April 6, 2018 the DPAA was able to determine that the remains under examination were those of PFC Drumheiser. Clarence E. Drumheiser was born on February 28, 1922 in Fresno California. He was a brave and valiant Marine who gave his life at the young age of 20 in the defense of the country he loved. He was awarded the Purple Heart and his Marine Corp Division was awarded the prestigious Presidential Unit Citation for bravery and valor at Tarawa. He is survived by his sister, Sally (Drumheiser) Logan and several nieces and nephews. Wade Family Funeral Home 817-274-9233

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  1. “His Lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21.

    On February 19, 2012, PFC Clarence Eli Drumheiser was submitted as a “Probable Match” to “Unknown X-25” buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery in official Investigative Reports submitted by retired Dallas Police commander Rick Stone while he was a member of the Department of Defense (DoD). The Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation later refined and updated the original investigation and provided a comprehensive report to PFC Drumheiser’s family in 2013. The Foundation’s latest update in 2015, utilizing advanced law enforcement techniques and sophisticated technologies not available to DoD or their contractors, classified PFC Drumheiser as a “Most Likely Match” to Unknown X-25. In 2016, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency finally decided to act on the official recommendations of Chief Stone for disinterment and identification of the Punchbowl Unknowns from Tarawa. Unknown X-25 was confirmed as PFC Drumheiser by the DoD on April 19, 2018. Welcome home Marine! Our Foundation shares the joy of your family in your return to Texas! God Bless you and thanks to ALL who never forgot you and your service to our country!

  2. God so loved the world that God gave his only begotten son that whoever believe in him should not perish ,but have everlasting life.John.3:16.


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