The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in honor at the Interment Service for Donald Deloy Stoddard at Mountain View Memorial Park, 3016 Kalmia Avenue, Boulder, 80301 on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 10:00AM. Donald Stoddard was born on January 5, 1921 and was Killed In Action on November 22, 1943 at the age of 22. After nearly 77 years of being classified as Missing In Action, he was "Accounted For" on March 16, 2020 and is now coming home to his final resting place. 9:00AM - Stage at Mountain View Memorial Park 9:15AM - Mission Briefing 9:30AM - Form Flag Line at the Gravesite
Ken "Nick" Nicholas will serve as Ride Captain and will bring Flags Please read the following Press Release:
PRESS RELEASE | April 6, 2020
Marine Accounted For From World War II (Stoddard, Donald Deloy)
WASHINGTON – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Sgt. Donald D. Stoddard, 22, killed during World War II, was accounted for on March 16, 2020.
In November 1943, Stoddard 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. Stoddard died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943. He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.