PFC. Kenneth William Likens

  • Born: October 31, 1923
  • Died: November 22, 1943
  • Location: Mount Clemens, Michigan

Wujek - Calcaterra & Sons

36900 Schoenherr Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

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Tel. (586) 826-8550

Tribute & Message From The Family


LIKENS, PFC Kenneth William. Proud United States Marine who gave his life for his nation on November 22, 1943. Age 20. Beloved son of the late William and Gladys Dolan. Dear brother of the late Jack Dolan and the late Marjorie Dolan, who died January 27 of this year and never lost hope that her brother would be found and returned home. Survived by his nephew Kenneth Dolan (Mei Shu), 2 great-nieces, Ethel Hong Badawi (Omar) and Lisa Hong Hoffman) as well as several loving cousins and extended family members. In November 1943, Likens was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Likens died on the third day of the battle, Nov. 22, 1943. Interment with full military honor rendered by the United States Marine Corps will be at 1pm on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Great Lakes National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., Sterling Hts. Please share sentiments with the family at their "On-Line Guestbook" at WujekCalcaterra.com


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Welcome home, Marine. Our apologies that it took this long. Rest now, your journey is done. Semper Fi!

Posted by Wayne Thomas - Greenville, MI   October 17, 2019

Thank You for Your Service MARINE! Burt Berridge Cpl USMC 1958/62

Posted by Burt Berridge - Greer, SC   October 17, 2019

Thank you for your service

Posted by Donald Likins - WASHINGTON, MI   October 17, 2019

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His Lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant Matthew 25:21.
PFC Kenneth William Likens was reported as Killed in Action by shrapnel wounds on 22 November 1943 on Tarawa. In 2011/2012, Chief Rick Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense (DoD), investigated all of the Tarawa MIA's and determined that PFC Likens was NOT an Unknown buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery in Hawaii. Researchers from the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation determined that PFC Likens was buried in Grave 12, Row D, Cemetery 33 on Tarawa, which was known as one of Tarawa's Lost Cemeteries. A contractor finally discovered Row D in Cemetery 33 on Tarawa in 2019. PFC Likens was the first missing Marine identified from the long lost cemetery row and his official identification was announced on 1 July 2019.
Welcome home Marine! We share the joy of your family in your return! God Bless you and thanks to ALL who never forgot you and your service to our country!

Posted by Stone Foundation - Glen Rose, TX   September 18, 2019

Welcome Home Soldier!! You're time was served and appreciated. God Bless all our fallen men and women as well as all whom serve this great country.

Posted by Beth and Tony Massu - Clinton Twp, MI   September 17, 2019

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Welcome home sir. A true hero.

Posted by Claire - HT, MI   September 17, 2019

A long deserved welcome home and now you can Rest In Peace. Thank you for keeping out country safe.

Posted by Theresa Lehrman - Shelby twp, MI - Friend   September 16, 2019

When I started volunteering for MIA/POW recovery work on Tarawa back in 2011 with the non-profit History Flight organization, we were ecstatic when we located one or two lost boys. I was back on the island last July after our History Flight team had located the 'lost' Row D of Cemetery 33 were Pfc. Likens was recovered and now these Marines are coming home in the 10's and 20's at a time. If it's alright with the family, I would appreciate being involved with Pfc. Likens final trip home.

Posted by Paul Schwimmer - Ann Arbor, MI - Friend   September 16, 2019

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! WELCOME HOME BROTHER!!!

Posted by John P. Smeekens - Clinton Township, MI   September 15, 2019

RIP HERO......

Posted by Desmond McClure - WARREN, MI   September 15, 2019

Semper phi my brother,rest in peace

Posted by marine usm - usa - Brother   September 13, 2019

It is with great honor and respect that my family returns home PFC. Likens. Who fought bravely and died honorably for our beloved country some 76 years ago. A true patriot of which we are indebted.

Posted by Michael Calcaterra - grosse pointe, MI   September 12, 2019


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When I started volunteering for MIA/POW recovery work on Tarawa back in 2011 with the non-profit History Flight organization, we were ecstatic when we located one or two lost boys. I was back on the island last July after our History Flight team had located the 'lost' Row D of Cemetery 33 were Pfc. Likens was recovered and now these Marines are coming home in the 10's and 20's at a time. If it's alright with the family, I would appreciate being involved with Pfc. Likens final trip home.
WWII Marines coming home from Tarawa to Hawaii on an Air Force "Angel Flight" July, 2019