Remains of 36 Marines Killed in Bloody WWII Battle Return Home After More Than 70 Years

More than 70 years ago, they died in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. Now, they’ve returned home.

The military and a private organization called History Flight have brought to the U.S. the remains of 36 Marines killed in the Battle of Tarawa in 1943, the Associated Press reports.

The remains were unloaded on Sunday, and a ceremony to mark their return was held that day at Pearl Harbor.

President Obama Meets Nation's Oldest Veteran, 110, Calls Her a 'Trailblazer' (PHOTO)

Emma Didlake was a 38-year-old wife and mother of five children when she felt the call to service in 1943 as the country was in the midst of World War II.

Now, more than 70 years later, President Barack Obama has honored her for her service, recognizing her distinction as the country’s oldest living veteran at 110.

100-Year-Old Man Competes in Meijer State Games of Michigan Despite Age Bracket Ending at 99

Fred Winter does 100 push-ups a day – one for each year he has been alive.

But 30 years ago, the former teacher and U.S. Navy veteran (who was aboard a ship at the Battle of Okinawa during World War II) wasn’t in the best shape. When he turned 70, he decided that he should check in with other men his age.

“I wanted to see how I stacked up,” Winter, from Holland Michigan, tells PEOPLE. “And let’s just say, it wasn’t good.”

It was then that he got involved in the Senior Olympics.

Audrey Hepburn Weighed 88 Lbs. After World War II, Son Reveals

Although Audrey Hepburn has always been held up as a model of thinness, her son reveals that the root of her thin physique was her extreme malnourishment during the war.

70 Years Later, Female World War II Vet Takes to the Sky Again

During World War II, Joy Lofthouse flew Supermarine Spitfire planes over Britain as part of her county’s Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), taking the planes from the factories that assembled them to Royal Air Force stations.

Now, 70 years later, Lofthouse, who’s 92, has returned to one of these planes, and once again taken it for a solo trip above her homeland.

89-Year-Old World War II Veteran Receives High School Diploma

It took him over 70 years to do it, but World War II veteran Billy Mills has earned his high school diploma.

“I goofed up and did not get it. It was all my fault,” Mills told ABC 13 about neglecting to get his degree.

Mills admits to failing English by “like one and a half credits,” but he was drafted into the Army before he could make them up.

Holocaust Survivors Emotionally Reunite with Soldier Who Helped Free Them

George Rose was just eighteen when the American soldier walked through the gates of the Dachau concentration camp as a liberator.

“When I saw them at Dachau I thought they’d never survive,” Rose, now 88, tells PEOPLE. “They were skeletal.”

But many did survive – and on Wednesday, several people who escaped the German death camp reunited with the man who helped save them seven decades earlier.

Nazi Guard Testifies About Taking Auschwitz Victims' Money: 'They Didn't Need It Anymore'

The trial for a former guard at Auschwitz, who’s charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, began in Lüneburg, Germany on Tuesday with testimony that drew audible gasps from the assembled audience.

Known as the “accountant of Auschwitz,” Oskar Gröning, 93, is accused of working as a guard at the camp between May and June 1944, during which some 425,000 people passed through the death camp’s doors.

Former Nazi Guard, 93, Charged with 300,000 Counts of Accessory to Murder

A former guard at Auschwitz will head to trial on Tuesday in Lüneburg, Germany, where he’s charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.

Oskar Gröning, 93, has spoken candidly about his experiences as a guard at the infamous prison camp, though he has insisted he never committed any crimes.

How an Author Is Coping with Discovery That Her Grandpa Was Schindler's List Nazi

There was shock and “trembling” when Jennifer Teege first learned the secret her biological family kept hidden: Her grandfather was the sadistic Nazi officer portrayed in Schindler’s List.

Now, after working with Holocaust survivors – and “so much work in therapy” – Teege, 44, is at peace that she is guiltless for the crimes of a monster she never knew.

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