MASON O. YARBROUGH, USMC
One of 900 elite U.S. Marines selected from
15,000 volunteers to become one of "Carlson's Raiders" in February
1942. A Missouri native, born 16 August, 1922, Yarbrough enlisted in the Marine
Corps 7 June, 1941. He trained with Carlson at Camp Elliot, California where he
became one of the first "GUNG HO!" Marines. When Carlson's 2d Raiders
Battalion went ashore on Butaritari Island, Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands 17
August, 1942, Yarbrough was among 19 Marines to fall to Japanese defensive fire.
When the Raiders withdrew to continue their South Pacific mission, Carlson paid
natives to bury the fallen Marines. Their bodies were repatriated in December
1999, and Corporal Yarbrough was finally laid to rest with full military honors
in Memorial Park Cemetery, Sikeston, Missouri 15 December, 2000.
The Gilbert, Phoenix, and Line Islands are
officialy the Republic of Kiribati today.