The remains of an Iowa soldier killed in World War 2 are finally coming home. Army Private Donald E. Brown will be buried in his home state of Iowa this weekend.

For over 70 years, Browns remains were buried and listed as Unknown at an American Military Cemetery in France. But thanks to DNA work from the POW/MIA Accounting Agency, his remains were identified and will be finally coming home.

Brown joined the Army in April of 1942 and trained at Camp Roberts in California. He went on to train in Texas and was furloughed in Iowa in 1943. In 1944, Brown went overseas and served with Company A, 745h Tank Battalion. On July 28th, 1944, Brown's tank was hit and destroyed by enemy fire in France. He was just 24 years old.

Brown's awards and honors include The Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the World War 2 Victory Medal.

Brown will be buried with full military honors Saturday at Thompson Cemetery in Thompson, Iowa. The public is encouraged to attend.

 

[via KCRG]