NamePFC Darwin Hiram Brown
Unit:F Company 2nd Marine Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment
Location of Recovery:Betio, Tarawa, Gilbert Islands (Modern Day Kiribati) Cemetery 27
Date of Loss:November 21, 1943


On November 6, 2001, the Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii (CILHI, now DPAA) identified the remains of Private 1st Class Darwin H. Brown, missing from World War II.

Brown entered the U.S. Marine Corps from Massachusetts and served with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. On November 20, 1943, he was killed during the amphibious assault on Betio Island, as part of the Battle of Tarawa. He was buried on Betio, but his remains were not recovered in the immediate aftermath of the war. In 1999, a construction crew operating on Betio located human remains and military equipment. These remains were taken to CILHI, and Brown was later identified.

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