Patriot Guard Riders will be in Dallas County on Tuesday

Stephanie IvankovichEditorsivankovich@theperrychief.com

The Patriot Guard Riders will be near Perry next week.

The Patriot Guard Riders will be escorting the remains of Pvt Palmer Sherman Haraldson, United States Marine Corps, who was killed in action in World War II. His remains were recovered on a remote island and are being interred in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Wayne Anderson, with the Patriot Guard Riders, said the Patriot Guard Riders will not be coming through Perry, however, after leaving the Des Moines International Airport at 11:30 a.m., on June 21, they will travel west on Highway 141 and will turn north on Highway 169.

According to the Patriot Guard’s website, Pvt Haraldson grew up in Vincent, IA and enlisted in the Marines in 1943.

Palmer completed basic training in San Diego, California, in April 1943 and in July left for New Zealand where he joined Company C, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines in October in preparation for the invasion of Tarawa, the website stated.

The capture of Betio Island on the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands from the Japanese was considered essential to the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet’s Central Pacific Campaign.

Palmer was killed while his unit was attacking a Japanese stronghold on Betio Island on November 22, 1943. The island was secured the following day and the majority of the assault force departed Betio Island on November 24, leaving behind a small number of personnel to care for the dead.

The dead were buried in temporary graves until the end of the war, when, in March 1946, the United States began recovery operations. Due to bad record keeping and massive reconstruction on the island, only 532 of the 1,100 graves were found. Palmer was declared non-recoverable.

In March 2015, after years of research, Mark Noah, director of History Flight, Inc., a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to finding, recovering and repatriating America’s war dead to American soil, announced the discovery and recovery of the remains of 36 Marines, including the remains of Palmer Haraldson.