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(CNN) The remains of 30 US Marines and Navy service members lost since a bloody WWII battle in the South Pacific have been found on remote Tarawa Atoll, an organization that recovers lost US service members said.

History Flight, founded in 2003, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “researching, recovering, and repatriating” American servicemen missing in past conflicts, according to its website.

The organization has had a hand in recovering hundreds of sets of remains from both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II.

After finding service member remains, History Flight works with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the federal agency tasked with recovering the remains of missing US personnel.

Together they identify the fallen, and often coordinate reburial in cooperation with living family members and descendents.

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