Under Secretary of the Navy Modly Lays Wreath for Sailors, Marines in Tarawa


Story Number: NNS180924-20Release Date: 9/24/2018 6:33:00 PM
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From the Office of the Navy Chief of Information

TARAWA, Kiribati (NNS) -- On a multi-nation visit to the Oceania region, Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly laid a wreath at the memorial for the Sailors and Marines killed and wounded during the Battle of Tarawa.

“Those who fell here were part of a long heroic campaign 75 years ago. They gave their lives for freedom, for liberty in this place, and all around the world,” Modly said in Tarawa, Kiribati at a late morning ceremony Sept. 24.

The memorial inscribed, “In grateful memory to those men who paid for liberty with their lives ...” honors the Sailors and Marines killed and wounded during the battle Nov. 20-23, 1943.

At the ceremony were also Mateo Tekaiara, Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Republic of Kiribati, and Jon Mote, Commander of Maritime Police.

Modly is on a multi-nation visit to the Oceania region focused on strengthening partnerships and cooperation.

 
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Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly lays a wreath at the memorial for the Sailors and Marines killed and wounded during the Battle of Tarawa during a ceremony.
180924-N-HB863-001 TARAWA, Kiribati (Sept. 24, 2018) Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly lays a wreath at the memorial for the Sailors and Marines killed and wounded during the Battle of Tarawa during a ceremony, Sept. 24, 2018. Modly is on a multination visit to the Oceania region focused on strengthening partnerships and cooperation. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Scott McIlnay/Released)
September 24, 2018
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