North High School Wall of Honor
Eugene R. Brown
Class of June, 1940
Died; FOD; Finding of Death
Research done by Rick Nehrling, class of 1963.
Eugene R. Brown
Eugene was a member of North High's class of June, 1940. He enlisted in the US Army on February 10, 1941 at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. At the time of his enlistment, he was single with no dependents. His service number was 20704473. It appears that Eugene enlisted with another 1940 North High graduate, Fred Emerling, Jr. At the time of his enlistment, his next of kin was listed as Nellie Brown, 663 19th Street, Des Moines, Iowa.
He was asssigned to the 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, as a member of the Commando group. He was killed on December 2, 1942 during the Tunisia campaign in North Africa. His death was initially reported as missing in action, but was later changed to FOD, Finding of Death. At the time of his death, his rank was SSG - Staff Sergeant. His awards are the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

The above information was obtained from the following:
(1) The World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel were created by the War Department, the Adjutant General's Office, Administrative Services Division, Strength Accounting Branch. The original records are held at the Modern Military records LICON, Textural Services Division (NWCTM), National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
The documents contain the latest and most complete information available of all Army and Army Air Force personnel who were killed or died, or became and remained missing between the President's declaration of unlimited national emergency on May 27, 1941, and the cut-off date of this report, January 31, 1946. This document includes both battle and nonbattle dead and missing. The records are available online at

The type of casualty is indicated by the following:

    * KIA - Killed in Action. This is an individual who was killed in action at the front, by enemy action in the rear, or if a prisoner of war.
    * DOW - Died of Wounds. This is an individual was who wounded and later died.
    * DOI - This is an individual who suffered fatal battle injuries and died in a line of duty status.
    *DNB - Died Nonbattle. This is an individual who died in a line of duty death, such as from sickness, homicide, suicide, or accidents outside of combat areas (training).
    *M - Missing. This is an individual who is reported as missing and later was determined to be dead.
    *FOD - Finding of Death. Findings of death fall within Public Law 490 and its amendments and are made when there is either conclusive proof that the person is dead or equally overwhelming evidence that under the circumstances the person could not have remained alive.

This document contains the names of those individuals who died in the line of duty status. Those individuals who were not in the line of duty at the time of their death are not listed in this document.

(2) The World War II Army Enlistment Records contain information on more than 9 million individual enlistments. These records can be found online at

(3) Information obtained from the American Battle Monuments Commission shows that Eugene is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia.

(4) The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2018 graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of North High School graduates can be found online at: Eugene R. Brown's 1940 class page is:

Died: December 2, 1942; FOD; Finding of Death.
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