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PVT. Alberic M. Blanchette
31 May 1924 - 20 November 1943
Funeral Date: 18 September 2017
flagCaribou-The remains of  Marine Private Alberic M.  Blanchette, unaccounted for since World War II, have been identified after 74 years, and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Pvt. Blanchette was assigned to Company “B” 1st Marine Raider Battalion Amphibious Force Atlantic Fleet and fought in the battle of Tulagi island, Savo Island and Guadalcanal. He was then assigned to the 3rd Battalion, Company “K” 2nd Marine Division, which landed with the first wave of Marines on Red Beach One against stiff 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, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Pvt. Blanchette only 19 years of age, died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943. In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members who died in the battle were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries on the island. In May 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company of the American Graves Registration Services (AGRS) had recovered 532 sets of remains from burial sites across the Tarawa Atoll and interred them in Lone Palm Cemetery. The remains that could not be identified were designated as “Unknowns.” In November 1946, the U.S. Army began disinterment to bring the remains to Oahu for identification at the Central Identification Laboratory. In 1949 and 1950, the remains that could not be identified were interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP – also known as the “Punchbowl”) in Honolulu. In October 2016, due to recent advances in forensic technology, DPAA began the exhumation of unknown remains associated with Tarawa from NMCP and sent the remains to the DPAA laboratory for analysis. On 12 July 2017, Private Blanchette’s remains were Identified. To identify Pvt. Blanchette’s remains, scientists from DPAA examined DNA, circumstantial evidence and conducted laboratory analyses, including dental, anthropological and chest radiography comparisons, which matched his records. Private Blanchette is survived by a younger sister, Louann Rogers, of  Louisiana .  Numerous nieces and nephews. Other members  of Pvt Blanchette's family who have died since he was listed as MIA include his parents, Benjamin and Albertine (Sirois) Blanchette, and siblings; Iris McDonald, Ludger Blanchette and Ruth Dumond.  Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war. Currently there are over 73,000 service members still unaccounted for from World War II.  Pvt. Blanchette’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for. Private Blanchette will be returned to his home town and laid to rest next to his parents in Caribou on September 18th at 1 PM.  A Christian Burial Ceremony and Internment will take place at the Parish of the Precious  Blood, Old Holy Rosary Cemetery with full military honors. The public is invited to attend the graveside ceremony. Arrangements by the Mockler Funeral Home, Caribou. www.mocklerfuneralhome.com
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  • Pat rogers brooks
  • 08 September 2017
I will be thinking of you and hope you find peace for your loss. War stinks. His life was sacrificed for world peace as we enjoyed then. Love you louanne.
  • Jane Gennusa
  • 08 September 2017
Lou,
I àm so glad your brother has been found a day will now rest in peace after all these years. I would love to tell him how much his service was ànd is appreciate. I also know how hard this is for you and your family after losing your precious Becky.
Just wanted you to know he will be laid to rest of my dear Frank's birthday. Praying for you, Julie and Mark.

Love you dear friend,
Jane
  • USAF female Veteran
  • 08 September 2017
Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice for our country. I salute you, Pvt Blanchette!
  • Debbie and Emery Blanchette
  • 09 September 2017
Remembering visiting Iris and her sharing the story of her brother who never came home from the war.. She told me that she believed that one day he would come home and he has! Prayers and hugs from this Blanchette family to other Blanchette's. Thank you Lord!
  • MSgt Bruce Dumond, Retired
  • 10 September 2017
The 1st of my military heroes I've always held in highest regard as far back as the first time I was told your story by mum (Ruth Albertine Blanchette Dumond). As Jesus was quoted "There is no greater love than he who lays down his life for another." If I recall correctly, the last time you were seen alive was in the Pacific Ocean, saving 2 of your fellow Marines from drowning. They both said that was the last time they saw you. There will not ever be anything adequate enough to express fully, my deepest heartfelt gratitude for all you have ever been or ever did for the least of us. I know you and my Me'mere (Albertine Sirius Blanchette) and you have been in total joy since she passed in 1977.

Your burial brings to mind a song by SGT Barry Sadler of the U.S. Army Green Beret (USA Special Forces), The Soldier Has Come Home.

Give my love to 4 more of my military heros who have been with you for some time now--dad (MSG Elmer Dumond, Retired), my oldest brother (SMG Paul Alberick Dumond, Retired), Uncle Clarence (Warrant Officer Clarence Dumond, Retired), and Warrant Officer Roger Gauvin, KIA in Vietnam. Lastly, give my brother Brian, a true hearted hero in his own right for the war he fought against diseases and illnesses for decades.

Hope you know you are all loved and missed so very badly!

Bruce
  • Ivan
  • 10 September 2017
I am very sorry to all who are affected by this loss. Coping with the loss of a loved one is probably one of the most difficult things to endure. Although it doesn't remove the pain or bring our loved one back to us now, the bible offers much comfort and hope that our God has given us for the future.. At 1 corinthians 15:26 Paul wrote that the last enemy death would be brought to nothing. There is much more hope and encouragement to be found in the bible. Please take care and again very sorry for you loss.
  • Joe Collins
  • 11 September 2017
God bless Pvt Blanchette and all who have served. The ultimate sacrifice he paid 74 years ago is as relevant and important today as it was then to our life, our liberty, and our continued pursuit of happiness. Let's hope our Government will not rest until every means is exhausted to properly identify and honor all of those who have fallen in the line of duty.
  • Maryann Forbus
  • 14 September 2017
I had the honor of flying with Private Blanchette back to Boston. It was amazing to be part of his homecoming. Thanks you for your service Sir, you gave all and I'm grateful.
  • Theresa Biron USAF veteran
  • 16 September 2017
A member of the greatest generation, may we never forget.
  • Scott Chamberland
  • 04 October 2017
Rest in Peace
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