The Year was 1944. Robert McConachie was 17 years old and wanted to enlist and defend his country in World War II. Because of his young age, his father, James McConachie, had to sign a waiver allowing him to join the armed forces.
His father acquiesced and Robert McConachie joined the United States Marine Corps. He was killed in action in Okinawa on June 14, 1945, in the final months of the war. He was just 18 years old when he gave his life for his country. However, Pvt. McConachie’s remains went unidentified for nearly seventy years.
In 1987, Pvt. McConachie’s still unidentified remains were delivered to the Army’s Central Identification Lab in Hawaii. Recent advancements in DNA testing, however, have helped the Pentagon link them to his brother. This year, nearly seven decades after his death, Army analysts positively identified Pvt. McConachie’s remains using DNA analysis and dental records.
Pvt. McConachie made his final trip home to Michigan this year. The Detroit native was buried on November 3 with full military honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery west of Battle Creek. The fallen soldier’s family now has closure knowing that he has been laid to rest in his home state of Michigan.
On this Veterans Day, it is an important reminder to thank those who serve our country in the armed forces. It is also a time to reflect on those, like Pvt. McConachie, who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may continue to live in a free country.
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To learn more about Pvt. McConachie’s story, please visit: http://patch.com/michigan/wyandotte/world-war-ii-soldier-finally-laid-rest-0