Marine Pfc Sam Kourkos was just 20 when he was killed in the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. His remains have been identified and he is being brought home to Independence, where he will be buried near his parents on Saturday.
Marine Pfc Sam Kourkos was just 20 when he was killed in the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. His remains have been identified and he is being brought home to Independence, where he will be buried near his parents on Saturday. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
Marine Pfc Sam Kourkos was just 20 when he was killed in the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. His remains have been identified and he is being brought home to Independence, where he will be buried near his parents on Saturday. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

He died in battle nearly 75 years ago — now he’s coming home to Kansas

December 06, 2017 03:04 PM