ANDERSONVILLE, Ga.>> Authorities say a U.S. Marine killed in battle during World War II is being re-buried today at Andersonville National Cemetery with military honors and an escort from the Patriot Guard Riders.
The Albany Herald reports that Private James Howard Benjamin was part of the distinguished Montford Point Marines, the Marine Corps’ first black unit. The newspaper reported that he was killed in action on Oct. 29, 1944.
Eric Leonard, chief of interpretation and education at Andersonville National Cemetery, said Benjamin was originally buried in Hawaii where his body remained until 1949. He said that his remains were then moved a cemetery in the central Georgia town of Montezuma, and it’s unknown why his body was moved there.
Leonard said it is fitting to bury him with honors during the Memorial Day weekend.