The secretary of the Hutt Valley Branch of the New Zealand Genealogy Society has asked for our help. He writes:
“During World War 2, the US Marines were based near Wellington, New Zealand, in preparation for the battles, and in recuperation from, those battles with the Japanese in the Pacific. One of those Marines was befriended by my friend’s family. They have ever since regarded the memory of that Marine with affection but they never heard of him after the war. They would like to know what became of him.
“The information I have is: Robert Marvin McElvane, 239 New Orleans Drive, Dallas, Texas. He was with the “8th Marines”. They were based at McKays Crossing and Camp Russell near Paekakariki, about 25 miles north of Wellington, the capital city.
“Marines’ camp sign returns home: http://marinenz.com/Marines’+camp+sign+returns+home. There is talk of marking the 70 years somehow next year.”
I’m posting this request to our blog in the hopes that readers can suggest resources/a method of attack that I can use to help fulfill his request.