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Waltz, Royal Lawrence

Rank and Name, Private First Class Royal Lawrence Waltz.

Unit/Placed in, 1st Battalion (A-Comp) 18th Marines, United States Marine Corps.


Royal is born approx. on 8 Feb. 1923 in Armona, California.

Father, Royal Leander Waltz.

Mother, Maude Evelyn (Parrish) Waltz.

Sister(s), Martha Evelyn Waltz.

Brother(s), Freeland Parrish Waltz.


Royal enlisted the service in California with service number # 316170.


Royal was KIA during the landings on Red Beach (Tarawa) on 20 Nov. 1943, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Royal is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.

Courts of the missing.

Royal also has a Memorial Grave at Grangeville Cemetery, Armona, Kings County, California, USA.


Thanks to, https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LKYY-ZBQ

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com ww2-europe.com

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org


Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/


In 2009, the non-profit organization History Flight located a burial site on Betio and recovered human remains there. This discovery prompted the reexamination of 94 sets of “Unknown” remains that had been previously recovered from Betio and moved to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii. One set of “Unknown” remains was found to be associated with another set of remains recovered by History Flight, and DPAA analysts used modern forensic tools to identify these collective remains as those of PFC Waltz.


DPAA is grateful to History Flight and the Department of Veterans Affairs and for their partnerships in this mission.


Royal’s family placed a memorial marker at Grangeville Cemetery in Armona, CA (66011420) in hopes that one day he would be found and returned home.

Prepare for landing on Tarawa
Red Beach Landing Beach
Landing Beach Red
Royal Lawrence Waltz
His rank Private First Class
Bloody Tarawa
Marines take cover behind a sea wall on Red Beach #3, Tarawa. November 1943. (Marine Corps) Exact Date Shot Unknown NARA FILE #: 127-GR-119-64002 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 1180