PFC L.G. Duran (WWII soldier of Mesilla - KIA Gilbert Islands)
R C Mesilla Marine Killed in Gilbert Islands Conquest Private/First Class Lupe Duran, of Mesilla, member the U S marine boiips, was killed ih the conquest of-the. : Grll- bert islands of the central cific last month, his 'motber. ] Mrs Candida G Dufaft, had [been notified today by the department. , T The message from the .marines commandant, at Washington, didn't specify, the place where he.was killed, Mrs Duran knew .that her was in that engagement, presumably on Tarawa, wh^t-c; heaviest casualties occurred. ; First Loral Tarawu Victim , j Although Pfc Duran is the .iTirst Dona Ana county soldier reported kUlcrf in the conquest" of the .Gilberts, he is the eleventh.-. local boy officially reported either killed or'missing in the war to date. The marines,, reports from Washington said after the Gilberts cleared of Japs, suffered the heaviest losses in the corps' his- tory.in Ui3 battle for 'Tarawa. Â· it was cleared of Japs, however, i n . 76 hours. "The situation," the notifying message said, "necessitates interment temporarily,in thc locality where death Occurred." Native of Mesflla Pfc Duran was born in Mesilla;, he would have been 3D years ojd Thursday,, if he had lived to tlja birthday anniversary. . ' .. He volunttered- for the anarlno* corps service two years ago;," Two sisters--Consul la and Jes- sie Duran---reside here; 'one broth- er, Denvetrio, is serving with the armed Â· forces.