Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Craig Anderson is today’s guest. We travelled to Craig’s home in the Dallas suburb of Lucas to talk to him about the several-years-long adventure to find his uncle Walter ‘Dub’ Vincent’s body on a South Pacific island and bring his remains, and those of six other Marines, home for burial after 68 years. The story will unfold over this edition of “The Native American Speaks” and next week’s. On next week’s edition, we’ll also hear form Craig Anderson’s wife Kim Vincent, Lt. Vincent’s niece, and Kim Anderson’s mother, Georgia Kendall, who was married to Lt. Vincent’s older brother.
In April 1944, Lt. Vincent and six fellow Marines died in a plane crash in bad weather on the South pacific island of Espiritu Santo.
For decades, the Defense Department believed the seven and their plane had gone into the ocean. In the 2000s, author Dan Bookout discovered the plane on Espiritu Santo. In 2007, the Andersons went on a trek through the jungle on Espiritu Santo to the crash site and interested the Defense Department in identifying the Marines’ remains and bringing them back to the U.S. There was a funeral for Lt. Vincent in Tulsa on May 5, 2012.