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Return to Makin Island
by Pat Mendoza - Copyright 2009

The true story of the recovery of 19 US Marines Killed in Action on Makin Island in WWII and their return home to Arlington National Cemetery 58 years later.

In Pat Mendoza own words...

"It truly was an honor for me to create this video and to know one of the original Carlson's Raiders, who survived the war and the sister of Pvt Franklin "Bud" Nodland who did not. Also Colonel Ward Nickisch and the men of CILHI who brought these men home to their families. This film is only a small part of the whole story which is now an hour long video, 'In The Shadow of Giants' that not only includes this story, but their reburial at Arlington National Cemetery. Semper Fi!"


  • Video and music arranged by Pat Mendoza

  • Trumpet by Steve Weist

  • Singers: Makin Islanders and Pat Mendoza

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