U.S. Marine Corps Private First-Class Louis Wiesehan Jr., age 20, of Richmond, Indiana, was killed in action November 21, 1943, during World War II’s Battle of Tarawa, on the island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands.
Pfc. Wiesehan was buried on Tarawa in an unmarked mass grave and classified Missing in Action in 1949. The burial site was discovered in 2015, by a dedicated team from History Flight, Inc., a non-profit organization, who works in cooperation with the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). Pfc. Wiesehan started his journey back home to Richmond in September 2019, when his remains and the remains of 35 other U.S. Marines were flown to Hawaii to be positively identified. On September 23, 2019, the DPAA officially announced, “Pfc. Louis Wiesehan Jr., missing from World War II, was accounted for.” Coming Home” documents his miraculous return to his hometown.