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tinel at the funeral home entrance. "I'm
so honored we can in some small way be
a part of it."
Pfc. Charpilloz was ﬂown from Ha-
waii to Oregon with a Marine Corps es-
cort, Staﬀ Sgt. Anson Rynard of the 6th
Engineer Support Battalion in Portland.
The Delta ﬂight carrying Pfc. Charpil-
loz arrived at Portland International
Airport at about 12:15 p.m. One of his
nieces, Carol Houser, accompanied
Tom Golden of the funeral home to meet
Plane-side honors were held on the
tarmac by a Marine Corps Honor Guard,
also from the 6th Engineer Support Bat-
A private traﬃc-control company
and ﬁve Patriot Guard Riders, repre-
senting a missing man formation, pro-
vided an escort for the funeral coach
from the airport to Salem.
Awaiting his arrival was a small
group of family members, including
Galloway's DNA helped military oﬃ-
cials ﬁnally identify Charpilloz's re-
mains after nearly 75 years. He died
Nov. 20, 1943, of gunshot wounds on the
ﬁrst day of the Battle of Tarawa in the
A memorial service for Charpilloz,
which included extended family mem-
bers from Oregon, California and Wash-
ington, was held at 2 p.m. April 7 at
Grace Baptist Church, followed by a gra-
veside service at Belcrest Memorial
Most of his extended family know
only bits and pieces about the uncle
who lied about his age to enlist in the
Marines, was killed during World War II,
and whose body was never identiﬁed —
Some family members, such as Lyle
Taylor of Dallas, have a few photographs
and mementos to remember him by. The
photos were handed down to Taylor,
who was named after his uncle. His fa-
ther, who died in 2001, was Lyle Charpil-
loz’s brother and Marie’s twin. The
twins' last name was changed when
they were young and their mother re-
All Marie, now 87, has to remember of
her brother Lyle is a photograph, a set of
duplicate military medals awarded
posthumously to him, and faded child-
They grew up on a farm near Silver-
ton, where they raised sheep, and they
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signiﬁcant income for the city of Mt.
Angel was a $100 quarterly license for
operating a saloon.
Despite the heavy levy, soon after
the city was founded there were three
saloons on Main Street.
The town got its current name when
father Adelhelm Odermatt petitioned
the post oﬃce in 1883 to change the
name from Roy to Mt. Angel, an angli-
cized form of Engelberg, the town in
Switzerland from which the ﬁrst Bene-
dictine monks came.
Religion has been synonymous with
Mt. Angel since its existed.
“What other town in Oregon would
have a public school named St. Ma-
ry’s?” Predeek said.
Beer was only a topic of discussion
during the birthday party – the town's
residents were served sausage courte-
sy of Mt. Angel Sausage Company and
The town of 3,700 puts on the Mt.
Angel Oktoberfest in September of
each year and Mt. Angel’s population
during the celebration will swell to
hundreds of thousands.
attended a one-room school-house
called Silver Cliﬀ.
Marie was the youngest of eight chil-
dren, born about 5 minutes after twin
brother, Robert. Most of their siblings
were grown and on their own before
World War II started, including one
brother in the Army Air Corps.
Kenneth Charpilloz was a pilot who
ﬂew cargo transports during the war. He
was in the air, on a supply mission in
North Africa, the day his brother died,
according to his ﬂight log book.
Marie adored Lyle. He was four years
older, but they were close.
“We did a lot of things together,” she
said from the living room of her South-
east Salem home.
She still remembers the time they
were working on a job for the local pow-
er company, making utility poles out of
trees from their farm. Lyle would trim
the limbs oﬀ the trees, and the twins
would stack the limbs.
“He cut the end of his ﬁnger oﬀ one
time," she said with a chuckle, "and we
were hunting all over for it."
She can’t remember if it was his mid-
dle or index ﬁnger, but she's pretty sure
it was on his left hand, and they eventu-
ally did ﬁnd it.
When Marie talks about Lyle, there’s
a reverence in her tone. It sounds as if he
was called upon to ﬁll in as the man of
the house at a young age. When their fa-
ther was around, he didn't treat their
“Lyle would go to school and then
come back to protect my mom,” Marie
said. “You looked at him as being a lot
older than he was.”
He was just 15 when he joined the
“Everybody knew he was doing it,”
said Marie, who was 11 at the time.
Lyle lied about his age, like a lot of
young men back then, and was assigned
to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Ma-
rine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.
His namesake nephew has a photo-
graph of his platoon, the 111th. While all
the young Marines look alike in their
uniforms and stern poses, Lyle is be-
lieved to be the third one in from the left
in the third row from the top.
His personnel records describe him
as blond with blue eyes and a ruddy
complexion. At the time he enlisted, he
was 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighed 139
pounds, and had a tattoo on his left fore-
arm. Marie said he didn't have one when
he left home.
Lyle likely would have been a sea-
soned veteran by the time he landed on
the beach at Tarawa. His division fought
in the Battle of Guadalcanal, the ﬁrst
As part of the 125th birthday party
of Mt. Angel, many of the city’s
residents brought items for a time
capsule that will be opened at the
city’s 150th birthday on April 3,
Mt. Angel had a time capsule that
was opened around 10 years ago,
but the items inside were dam-
aged due to it not being sealed
When the Mt. Angel Festhalle was
constructed in 2011, a time cap-
sule was installed and is scheduled
to be opened on its 50th anniver-
sary in 2061.
But the Oktoberfest is a relatively
new phenomenon, being established in
“I think there’s a symbiotic relation-
ship between the monks, who like to
brew beer, and the townspeople, who
like to drink beer,” mayor Andrew Otte
major oﬀensive and a decisive victory
for the U.S. in the Paciﬁc theater. That
campaign raged on for six months, from
late 1942 to early 1943, and the Ameri-
cans suﬀered major casualties.
The Battle of Tarawa was over in a
blink of an eye in comparison, lasting
just 76 hours, yet it's still considered one
of the ﬁercest and bloodiest battles in
Marine Corps history.
Tarawa is an atoll in what was then
known as the Gilbert Islands, and its
strategic location was of great military
importance in the Paciﬁc. The 2nd Ma-
rine Division was tasked with capturing
the airﬁeld on Betio, a small island re-
ported to be less than 2 miles long and a
half-mile wide at its widest, and heavily
defended by a Japanese force of more
Lyle’s company was among the ﬁrst
assault wave. Marines were delivered to
the beach in amphibious tractors, and
the landings weren’t always on target.
Some of the men were let out far from
shore, forced to wade through waist-
deep water and over what has been de-
scribed as razor-sharp coral. Many were
cut down by enemy ﬁre.
Lyle was killed sometime on the ﬁrst
day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943. When it was
all over, the U.S. military had notched a
great victory, but the cost was just as
great. Approximately 1,000 Marines and
sailors were killed and more than 2,000
The dead were moved to unit collec-
tion points for burial. Both identiﬁed
and unknown remains were buried in
one of six temporary cemeteries on Be-
tio. When the war ended, a military
graves registration company returned to
conduct recovery operations. In 1949, a
military review board declared Lyle's re-
Many of the Tarawa remains were
disinterred, then buried on the island in
what was called the Lone Palm Ceme-
tery while awaiting movement to the
U.S. They were disinterred again and af-
ter ID eﬀorts failed, buried at the Na-
tional Memorial Cemetery of the Paciﬁc
in Honolulu, also known as the Punch-
The case ﬁle on Lyle Charpilloz indi-
cates now that some of his remains were
interred in the Punchbowl at that time
under the label Tarawa Unknown X-5.
In May 2014, History Flight headed
for Betio to continue recovery opera-
tions, in partnership with the DPAA.
More remains were recovered, including
from a site where Charpilloz was be-
lieved to have been buried, although
there is confusion as to whether he was
buried in Cemetery 26 or Cemetery 33.
Lyle Charpilloz lied about his age to
enlist in the Marine Corps on July 29,
1941. He was just 15.
SPECIAL TO THE STATESMAN JOURNAL
The newly discovered remains were
sent to the DPAA lab for analysis.
In October 2016, the DPAA began ex-
huming 94 sets of unknown Tarawa re-
mains buried at the Punchbowl, includ-
ing Unknown X-5. Based on recovery
context and shared DNA, the remains
were consolidated with what was recov-
ered by History Flight.
About a year later, a DNA reference
sample arrived from Salem, Oregon.
The mitochondrial DNA collected
from a swab of Marie’s cheek matched
the mitochondrial DNA sequences of
samples taken from the right tibia, right
collarbone, right shoulder blade, both
upper arm bones, and tooth No. 8 of Ta-
rawa Unknown X-5.
Lyle Charpilloz's name is recorded on
the Tablets of the Missing at the Punch-
bowl, along with others killed or lost
during World War II. A rosette will be
placed next to it to indicate he has been
Marie was 13 when the telegrams ar-
rived in 1943, the ﬁrst one saying her
brother had been wounded and the sec-
ond one saying he had been killed in ac-
The family had no funeral or burial
for Lyle, no closure, not until now, near-
ly 75 years later, and for only Marie.
His journey home has been a long
one. Belcrest is his fourth resting place,
and this one should be ﬁnal.
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