Remains of World War II Marine From NY Being Re-Interred at Arlington


A Marine from New York whose remains were recovered on a Pacific island 72 years after he died in battle is being re-interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Pentagon announced earlier this year that the remains of 24-year-old Marine Cpl. Walter Critchley had been identified after being found on the Tarawa atoll in 2015. He’ll be buried Wednesday with full military honors.

Critchley was born in 1919 in Westchester County to British immigrant parents who had met in New York. The family lived in New Rochelle before moving to Derby, outside Buffalo, in the late 1920s. In the mid-1930s his family moved to Long Island, where Critchley attended Valley Stream High School.

He also attended high school in Morristown, New Jersey.

Critchley joined the Marines in 1942. He was killed in 1943.