On November 20, 1943, 18,000 U.S. Marines landed on the Pacific island of Tarawa, occupied by Japan. After 3 days of combat, more than 1,000 U.S. troops had died and about 2,000 were wounded. Clay Bonnyman Evans, author of "Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of WWII," detailed his grandfather's experience as a soldier in the Battle of Tarawa, and his journey to recover his remains. Rebecca Taylor, a forensic anthropologist for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, explained the current efforts to excavate the remains of unidentified soldiers there. This talk was part of a three-day conference hosted by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.