Private Robert Hillard, an Arkansas native, was a Marine and a teenager when he was killed in WWII. His remains are still missing. Hillard was previously featured in a KARK article from July, but a recent find has thrust him into the national spotlight.
The Story of a Young Kid Will Be Unraveled to Millions of People
A piece of history has been found, and the story of a young kid from Big Fork, Arkansas, will now be told to millions of people. Moreover, Susan Hillard was on vacation in Greece with her family when she received some fantastic news from KARK.
Pvt. Robert Hillard’s cross was uncovered on the WWII battlefield, where he died nearly 100 years ago. Thus, Susan finds it awesome and incredible; thus, they were stunned by the news, per KARK.
In 1943, Pvt. Hillard was killed in the Battle of Tarawa. His body was buried in haste, and his remains have remained lost to history ever since. History Flight, a non-profit dedicated to bringing these missing Marines home, discovered his cross.
On the other hand, Susan stated that it’s something tangible that they haven’t had. The cross, photo, and tale of Pvt. Hillard are now on exhibit in the National Museum of the Marine Corps outside Washington, D.C. Hence, she commented that it’s pretty cool that a boy from Big Fork is getting some attention.
Proud and Sad: An Unexpected Dream Come True
Susan believes that her grandmother, Robert’s mother, is looking down on her. According to Susan, it’s the big things, and had wished for him to be discovered and everything to fall into place for her. Thus, she believes that her grandmother would be both sad and proud.
Susan expressed her gratitude to History Flight for working hard in difficult conditions. The dream that comes with it as well. Right now, what they are all hoping is for him to be found.
An Arkansas boy’s service and sacrifice are still talked about nearly a century later. The National Museum of the Marine Corps. attracts around 500,000 visitors each year. A total of 52,000 children are among them.
Pvt. Hillard’s family is planning a trip to the museum shortly, according to Susan “”see the display, touch it and claim it.”