An Indiana family will get the chance to say goodbye to a loved one who died in World War II.
The remains of Marine Private First Class Manley Forrest Winkley are coming home seven decades after his death. Winkley grew up in Indianapolis and enlisted in the Marines after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He fought in the Pacific and was killed in the 1943 Battle of Tarawa.
“The whole family was shocked at first,” says Linda Wright Welty, Winkley’s great niece. “We were very thrilled, very proud that we’d finally have closure.”
Wright Welty says relatives believed Winkley had been buried in a mass grave in Hawaii, but that was never confirmed.
The family will bury Winkley at a military cemetery in Madison.